The Premier League has a habit of throwing players together from all over the world and some form a unique bond.
Over the years, we’ve had Yorke and Cole, Beckham and Neville, Lampard and Terry, as well as many more blossoming football love-ins.
And now, with the social media age well and truly in full swing, the bond between footballers has hit an entirely new level, so much so that the Premier League is now playing host to a multitude of bromances that are flowering into something of real beauty – both on and off the pitch.
Get on the sofa and fight back the tears, here come the seven heart-warming bromances that are blossoming in the Premier League right now.
1. Mohamed Salah and Dejan Lovren
This is quite an unlikely one, but appeared to blossom during the second half of the 2017/18 season.
It seems like quite a love/hate relationship. Dejan Lovren is a player that a lot of the Liverpool squad enjoy riling up and as Mohamed Salah began to settle at the club, he was one that was most guilty of doing so. The Croatian doesn’t really help himself with his comments about being one of the best defenders in the world and so on.
Of course, Lovren gave Salah some stick back and things have gone from there. The pair have also got into a habit of picking up morning coffees for each other every day.
On one occasion, Lovren called Salah out for posting pictures of himself with his top off on social media, citing ‘his 3% body fat’ as a way that he feels the Egyptian is showing off.
He also recently filmed Salah struggling to complete some filming for a TV commercial, with Lovren heckling him in the background.
It’s rare that a day goes by without one of them having a dig at each other on Instagram! It’s all good fun, though.
2. Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 7, 2018
We’ll kick off with the one that received a lot of airtime.
Since joining Alexandre Lacazette at Arsenal in January 2018, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s love for the Frenchman and fellow striker has just kept on growing and now seems to be getting out of control.
This gives us so much life ❤️😁 pic.twitter.com/nQwvPOk8ir
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) October 7, 2018
And Aubameyang’s love is fully reciprocated by Lacazette, with the two now sharing a cheeky handshake celebration, forming a deadly strike partnership for the Gunners and, after scoring against Fulham in October 2018, the former Lyon man sprinted to the sideline to enjoy a warm embrace with the apple of his eye – if only BT Sport had played that moment out in slow motion to the sound of Celine Dion.
Lacazette has since described Aubameyang as being ‘like a brother’ to him, admitting the two ‘love working together.’
3. Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana
Another bromance at Anfield, which comes as no surprise given the playful atmosphere forged by manager Jurgen Klopp, with this one shared between international teammates Jordan Henderson — who also serves as the Reds skipper — and Adam Lallana.
It’s been a difficult last few years for the latter as injuries significantly reduced his playing time however “best mate” Henderson was there for him as he embarked on the comeback trail.
“There were loads of periods during last season when I was sad and angry, not at anyone in particular, just at the situation,” he told The Times in September 2019.
“I was continually battling to contribute, to be dependable to my teammates because when you get injured, it is almost, not a sign of weakness, but you are not able to do your job.
“Around then I had become distant to Jordan. I knew how important that period was for him and he had important things to focus on, being captain of the club. I didn’t want him to worry about me.
“I remember one time Jordan picked me up and for the first five minutes, I couldn’t say anything or look at him. But he knew. Eventually, we did speak about what was happening with me. I got it all out.”
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4. Dele Alli and Eric Dier
Despite giving him a constant torrent of abuse, Dele Alli has, in the past, referred to Eric Dier as ‘one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet’. Treat them mean, keep them keen, ey Dele?
Alli and Dier are roommates on Tottenham away days, the pair share shopping trips together in their downtime and their bromance is generally on full view every time Spurs score a goal.
This even spilt over into England’s training camp at the 2018 World Cup, when Alli had to come to the rescue of his beloved Dier when the 26-year-old was having some trouble with fellow Spurs man Danny Rose. A united front is the true sign of a match made in heaven.
5. Richarlison and Yerry Mina
It seems to be love at first sight for these two summer recruits at Everton.
Although Richarlison’s ‘pigeon dance’ may have turned Neymar into his best mate while on international duty with Brazil, it is Yerry Mina who holds a special place in the 22-year-old’s heart.
The pair often appear in each other’s Instagram stories and are regularly seen out at restaurants or shopping around Liverpool city centre.
Yerry Mina + Richarlison, the friendship we never knew we needed 🇨🇴🇧🇷
[🎥 IG: yerrymina] pic.twitter.com/TyiY1pcNNK
— COPA90 (@Copa90) September 20, 2018
Mina took a while to make his Everton debut due to injury but, with the groove he showed when celebrating with Colombia at the 2018 World Cup finals.
6. Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy
With an almost telepathic partnership at the back for Brighton, joint interviews with Gary Neville and both signing new, long-term contracts at the Seagulls at the same time – it’s all looking very rosy indeed for Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy.
In an interview with Sky Sports during Brighton’s 2016-17 promotion-winning campaign, Dunk described ‘communication and understanding’ as the key points to their defensive partnership, while Duffy said: “He [Dunk] has got everything.”
😉 A good day’s work for these two…
— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) October 5, 2018
These are things that you would say if you were talking about your significant other, not just your defensive partner on the football pitch and, since reaching the Premier League with Brighton, their partnership, friendship, bromance, or whatever you want to call it, has really gone from strength to strength.
The pair had reached 23 clean sheets in their 73 starts after the shutout against West Ham in October 2018, a match which lead to the greatest indicator of their bromance yet as they shared the Man of the Match award.
7. Mason Mount and Declan Rice
Unlike the aforementioned six bromances listed this one is between individuals from rival Premier League clubs. That being said, Mason Mount and Declan Rice were buddies long before turning professional, as they met as youngsters at Chelsea’s esteemed youth academy.
Mount, though, would stay the distance and now commands a regular starting berth under club legend Frank Lampard whilst Rice had to cross the British capital and join West Ham, where his reputation continues to grow.
Growing up, both were inseparable, and those around them would subsequently dub the pair ‘dumb and dumber’. Such has been their respective rises, they’ve already played together for England, four times to be precise, with expectation being they’ll be part of Gareth Southgates’ Euro 2021 squad.