Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville revealed their season-end awards during the final Monday Night Football of the campaign.
Each Sky Sports pundit has selected their player of the season, young player of the season, new player of the season, coaching record of the season and season goals for the 2021/Premier League campaign. 22.
They also named their teams for the season, and while both include Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, they differ in four remaining person. Read on to see their full selection.
Carragher Player of the Year: Kevin De Bruyne
Carragher: “Salah was without a doubt the best player of the first half of the season but De Bruyne was in the second half. You just think of the important goals he got. Against Atletico Madrid, United and Liverpool For me I think he’s the best player in the league I love Kevin De Bruyne Take Liverpool out of the equation, if I want to follow someone, I’ll watch Kevin De Bruyne. think he’s going to be one of the all-time greats in the Premier League.”
Neville Player of the Year: Heung-Min Son
Neville: “Mo Salah scores a goal for a completely different team in style, that’s not as good. Everyone loves him. I think he can play for any team in the world. any club in Europe would have taken him. Son has “didn’t get the recognition he deserved. For what he’s been doing consistently, 21 goals, one goal conceded to Salah in a team that doesn’t get any better, where he doesn’t get the service, I think he really deserves a mention. . “
Carragher and Neville Young Player of the Year: Declan Rice
Neville: “The English player that all the top clubs want. Can they take him away from West Ham, whether they can afford him, is another matter. England We may have to play another season at West Ham. He’s been really good during a great season for West Ham, reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League. He’s been a great performer for them. .”
Carragher Best New Player: Cristian Romero
Carragher: “I really liked him. Maybe with Romero being my position, I remember watching him at Man City earlier in the season and thinking there was something special about him. Every time I watched him I He plays, he holds the ball, he is aggressive.. He reminds me of Ricardo Carvalho at Chelsea. He is not the biggest of the defenders, but he is smart, he pops. Come on, he’s playing great football. I think Tottenham have a real player there.”
New Neville Player of the Year: Luis Diaz
Neville: “To start running like he did in January. Salah and Mane come to AFCON in January and you’re telling me Liverpool will go to three finals and go to the last day of the Premier League? No chance Man City won the league with 10 points They didn’t get that back He was absolutely sensational To the point if Mo Salah leaves in 12 months or whenever possible like that, you’re hardly upset because you’re available for a replacement. An unbelievable talent. What a player.”
Carragher and Neville’s best coaching achievement: Jurgen Klopp
Carragher: “I think one of Jurgen Klopp’s biggest strengths – and he’s obviously talented at everything – is his character, his bravery. It’s his ability to come back and fight. They just signed a contract in the summer, Konate, a return – central defender. And they have played 60 games this season and lost 3.”
Neville: “Three finals. Getting close to Man City. I think that’s indisputable. What he’s done this season is absolutely exceptional. He’s built that great team. for three or four years and I think they just crossed the border a little bit.” Decline. Not a big amount. But he just brought them back. That’s the great thing he did. “
Carragher’s best goal: Mo Salah vs Man City
Carragher: “I supported Mo Salah against Man City. It was right below me in the box, where we were covering the game. It was classic Salah, really. It was also a reflection. For me, it’s Manchester City, that occasion. It’s the different kinds of goals. It’s the kind of goal you don’t see. It’s the kind of goal from Lionel Messi.”
Neville’s best goal: Mateo Kovacic vs Liverpool
Neville: “Kovacic. I love scoring goals in my position in the game. It was a great moment. It was a punch, the right height and distance. To take two or three steps back, that’s it. That’s the thing. He missed like he had a shot on target. I think it was a great goal in a great game.”
Carragher’s Team of the Season
Carra’s typical XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Rice, Silva, Salah, Kane, Son.
Carragher has replaced Joel Matip alongside Van Dijk.
“He has been fantastic. He has been as excellent as Virgil van Dijk this season, he is excellent, he really has. Last season, I could have said Ruben Dias was player of the year. This season, he’s not quite himself he’s had a couple of injury problems.
“Matip with his ability to get the ball out from behind, his partnership with Van Dijk has been excellent.”
In a difference from Neville’s team, Carragher chose Rice in midfield.
“I always talk about Fabinho or Rodri because they play for top teams and are as good as anyone at parting.
“I just think Declan Rice reminds me of an old-fashioned midfielder who plays as a number two. He reminds me of Roy Keane. He’s not just a holding midfielder, he’s forward with the ball. ball. He’s more than a player sitting.”
Neville’s team of the season
Nev’s XI: Alisson, Walker, Dias, Van Dijk, Robertson, De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva, Salah, Kane, Son.
Neville prefers Andy Robertson to Joao Cancelo, a player he coached at Valencia.
“Absolutely in love with Cancelo, I couldn’t love him more, but I can’t ignore Robertson. He’s the best full-back in the league because he’s good at both.
“This is eight or nine out of ten every week, the push he gives Liverpool in games where they’re hurting, is unbelievable. He does more than you’ve ever noticed. “
Neville also differed from Carragher in choosing right-back, choosing Kyle Walker over Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“I think he’s had an unbelievable season and when he’s not playing, City miss him a lot. City’s defensive record is as good as Liverpool’s.
“The Man City right side and the Liverpool left side are absolutely brilliant and that’s why I split the defence, basically. I think Kyle Walker and Dias are the better right wing.”
And Neville also chose Rodri over Rice.
“By the way, Rodri, is Man City’s player of the season this season. If you tell anyone at Man City this season, he is absolutely a monument in that position.
“I didn’t like him when he first arrived, I compared him to Fernandinho, thinking he’s not mobile and slow on the ball. He’s taken it to another level this season.”