Bruno Guimaraes labels Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope ‘the best in the world’ and Jamie O’Hara believes club have better chance of Premier League glory than Liverpool next season

    Newcastle’s Nick Pope is ‘the best goalkeeper in the world’, according to Bruno Guimaraes.

    The Magpies have one foot in the Carabao Cup final thanks to their 1-0 win over Southampton at St Mary’s on Tuesday night where Joelinton scored the only goal of the game.

    Joelinton scored the winner on 73 minutes

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    Joelinton scored the winner on 73 minutes

    And at the other end Pope made some crucial stops

    And at the other end Pope made some crucial stops

    It continues the club’s jaw-dropping form across all competitions, tasting defeat in just one match in 20 games – a shock FA Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday earlier this month.

    And that is largely down to their fantastic defence with Pope keeping a clean sheet in the last ten matches. They are unbeaten at St. James’ Park this season too.

    After the game, Guimaraes – the man of the match – was full of praise for the England international, branding him the best in the world.

    The midfielder said: “We controlled the game but we missed big chances. It’s just the first game now we need to think about the next one.

    “I’m proud of the team today. One goal is important, we could score more but most important was to be one-goal in front of Southampton.

    “I want to thank Nick Pope, I think he’s the best goalkeeper in the world. Let’s keep it going.”

    Pope was in brilliant form again

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    Pope was in brilliant form again

    And manager Eddie Howe appeared to be in full agreement with the Brazilian, going on to say: “I can’t be critical in any way. We defended well, Nick made some big saves again.

    “The two saves he made were big moments. Che Adams’ one-on-one was at a huge time in the game when they were growing into it and the crowd were getting up but Nick stepped up and kept us in it.

    “He’s been outstanding for us this year, the defence has played very well in front of him but when called upon he’s delivered for us.”

    Newcastle currently sit third in the Premier League and although a title push may be beyond them this season, talkSPORT’s Jamie O’Hara is encouraged by what they can do next term.

    He told The Sports Bar: “I think Newcastle have a better chance of winning the Premier League next season than Liverpool.”

    Jurgen Klopp’s men have been below par this season and O’Hara thinks Newcastle are overtaking them

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    Jurgen Klopp’s men have been below par this season and O’Hara thinks Newcastle are overtaking them

    Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are currently ninth in the Premier League and a number of problems.

    The defence has looked shaky throughout the season, the midfield has been overrun on numerous occasions and the forwards have been misfiring.

    In contrast, Howe has the best defence in the Premier League, an incredible goalkeeper, a midfield packed full of energy and some tricky forwards, while they are expected to strengthen further in the summer window with the huge funds at their disposal.

    But Guimaraes was not getting too far ahead of himself, tweeting: “The first 90 minutes are done! Nothing decided! Let’s keep the job. Thanks for the amazing support as always.”

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