Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher pick SIX Liverpool players in their MNF team of the year with Conor Coady a surprise inclusion… so who else did they choose?
- The Sky Sports pundits chose their team of the year for 2020 on Monday night
- More than half the team was made up of Liverpool players after their title win
- Only one player across goalkeeper and defence was a non-Liverpool player
- Tottenham, Manchester City and United and Wolves all had players represented
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher included six of Liverpool’s Premier League winning squad in their team of 2020.
Alisson, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah all made the squad though Sadio Mane was left out.
After their bright start to the season, Tottenham had two players included with Heung-Min Son beating Mane to the left side of attack with Harry Kane chosen as the centre-forward.
Liverpool dominated Monday Night Football’s team of the year with six inclusions in the squad
Conor Coady was included after a great year in which saw him receive an England call-up
Bruno Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne and Conor Coady were the other three men who were picked by the Sky Sport pundits to make the squad.
The main point of debate in the team was over the inclusion of the Wolves centre-back.
Neville said: ‘I put into contention Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Conor Coady, Aymeric Laporte and Tyrone Mings.
‘Coady to be fair with Wolves’ defensive record, breaking into the England team and his stats were as good as any of the rest. Laporte’s missed games, it just became a choice.
Carragher added: ‘There’s always that question until you’ve played at international level or European football.
‘I think making the step up with the international team and his personality in defence as well he deserves to get in. We talk about keeping clean sheets, his passing from the back is as good as anyone.
Gary Neville said he had just chosen Coady ahead of four other Premier League centre-backs
‘Possibly only Virgil van Dijk in PL who is better as a CB. That back-five almost picked itself.’
The other point of contention in the team was over who should be picked next to Kane and Salah in the front-three.
Neville said: ‘You can not criticise Son or Mane there’s no negatives about them, every club in the world would want Son or Mane playing for them.
‘But when you plug the goal and assists in, Son has done better, in a team that’s not done as good as Liverpool but that’s no reflection on Mane.
Jamie Carragher stated that he chose Heung-Min Son over Sadio Mane due to their form
Carragher agreed with Neville as he added: ‘I love Mane but he’s going through a spell at the moment with one goal in nine games and Son has been off the charts you can’t not pick him.
‘But when I think of it the left side of attacker is arguably the strongest position in league right now.
‘You’ve always had Mane and Sterling as good as anything in the world. Hazard has just dropped off at Madrid, Neymar’s obviously a top player but Marcus Rashford and Son have both jumped up, Son has got the edge but we’ve got the best in the world at that position.’
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