Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville chose different Premier League stars as their player of the year but were in agreement over the best manager.
After watching Arsenal lose 2-0 to Newcastle United on Monday night, Carragher and Neville picked their end-of-season awards on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show.
With a number of players possible candidates for their Premier League player of the season award, Carragher opted for Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, while Neville picked Tottenham forward Son Heung-min.
After making his pick, Carragher said: “Salah was no doubt the best player in the first half of the season but De Bruyne was in the second half. You just think of the vital goals he got. Up against Atletico Madrid, United and Liverpool. For me, I think he is the best player in the league. I love Kevin De Bruyne. Take Liverpool out of the equation, if I want to watch someone, I watch Kevin De Bruyne. I think he is going to be one of the all-time greats in the Premier League.”
On choosing Son, Neville added: “One goal off Mo Salah playing for a team that is completely different in style, that’s not as good. Everybody loves him. I think he could play for any team in the world. Any club in Europe would take him. Son does not get the recognition he deserves. For what he has done consistently, 21 goals, one off Salah in a team that is nowhere near as good, where he doesn’t get the service, I think he just deserves a mention really.”
The manager of the season was perhaps an easier choice for the pair with Jurgen Klopp giving Liverpool a chance of winning an unprecedented Quadruple after winning the League Cup and FA Cup.
Liverpool could still win the Champions League and Premier League too despite Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City remaining in pole position to win the league.
And both Carragher and Neville awarded Klopp their manager of the season gong.
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On Klopp, Carragher said: “I think one of the biggest strengths of Jurgen Klopp – and obviously he is brilliant at everything – is his personality, his character. That ability to come back and fight. They only made one signing in the summer, Konate, a back-up centre-back. And they have played 60 games this season and lost three.”
Neville added: “Three finals. Getting close to City. I think it is undisputed. What he has done this season is absolutely exceptional. He built that great team for three or four years and I thought they were just going over the edge a bit. Decline. Not a big amount. But he has just brought them back. It is absolutely brilliant what he has done.”
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