Carra and Nev select their 2020 PL crew


Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville picked their best Premier League XI of 2020 on Monday night. But who did it?

The Sky Sports experts looked back on the last 12 months in their last show of the year and selected the best top performers during this period.

Unsurprisingly, Liverpool, who sealed their first Premier League crown in the summer, dominated the line-up, including Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah.

There were also seats for Tottenham couple Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, with Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes in midfield. Wolves & # 39; Conor Coady completed the backline.

Goalkeeper: Alisson is a great player

Neville said: "Alisson was by far the best. Ederson has been superb for a few seasons but his standards have fallen. When you have a great goalkeeper the difference it makes is off the scales. Upgrading from a good goalkeeper to A great goalkeeper cannot be quantified selectively.

"He (Alisson) only saves after saving and makes the fewest mistakes, which is key. He gives everyone on his team complete security. If you want to win titles you need a great goalkeeper – and he's a great goalkeeper. " . "

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson had to go without Ajax due to a tense leg muscle
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson is the best in the league, according to Nev and Carra

Carragher said: "When Alisson was absent from Aston Villa, Liverpool lost 7-2. Liverpool were just as bad against Fulham but the difference was that he was in. It is just as important as when Virgil van Dijk came when Liverpool Alisson came Liverpool, without Van Dijk, are still the best team in the league and that's because he's there. "

Defense: Back four picks yourself

Neville said: "The second center-back was controversial. We had Eric Dier, Harry Maguire, Ayermic Laporte, Tyrone Mings and Conor Coady – but Coady's stats were better than the others. He's part of a great wolf defense and he broke into the English team .

"Robertson is an incredible player. With the intensity with which he plays doing what he has done for the past three years. He is qualitative and so consistent. Trent Alexander-Arnold fascinates me with the things he does – I never thought." A full-back could do these things. But if he's going to look anywhere to see who he should be in the next five years, it's the left-back he's playing with. He has to be as good as him defensively, as consistent as he is and as intense as him in every game. "

Carragher said: "I went with Coady, not only because of his performance at Wolves, but also because of his breakthrough in England. There is always a question mark about players who are not playing at the highest level, be it Champions League or international football. But Coady played for England and his personality impressed everyone. We can talk about the goals he conceded and the number of games he played, but his swooning from behind is as good as anyone – maybe only Van Dijk is better than him. "

Midfield: All three players are outstanding

Carragher said: "Everyone is outstanding. Jordan Henderson was last year’s Footballer of the Year, Kevin De Bruyne named him PFA Player of the Year, and if Bruno Fernandes had been signed in the summer rather than January, he would be. " Be in the running for Player of the Year too. The three would have fought against it.

Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Premier League - Anfield
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson wears a rainbow colored captain's armband in support of the Rainbow Laces campaign during the Premier League match in Anfield, Liverpool. December 6, 2020
Jordan Henderson led Liverpool to the Premier League title

"For me, De Bruyne is the best player in the league. I think he'll be a great Premier League when we look back on his time at Manchester City. The best way to describe Henderson when you see the Liverpool side and he doesn't there, the team doesn't feel like that. Something is missing. He just gives this side presence and authority in the middle of the pitch.

"And Fernandes, I remember a debate with Roy Keane where he talked about how far away Manchester United was. I said sometimes a player can just trigger something. Sometimes it was Fernando Torres for us and his arrival did Luis Suarez did the same when he came to Liverpool. So you are never as far away as you think and Fernandes has done that with United. Only Liverpool have more points than since Fernandes' debut United won and only one player can do that. "

Neville said: "There's Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Harry Maguire at Manchester United. They were all captains and now there's Edinson Cavani with his experience, but Fernandes is the leader on that team. You see him and he's the leader of example.

"He's a leader in what he does when he gives the ball away. He sprints right after it. Every time the team is on the ball he wants the ball and every time he gets the ball he wants a pass play that matters. " He changed the whole club and every time he doesn't play it's a big problem. That's a big problem when you're almost dependent on him.

"And of all the midfielders that they have, Donny van de Beek, Pogba, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay, he's just absolutely out there.

"These three midfielders choose themselves and Fernandes was an absolute sensation at Manchester United. He is the leader of this team and while he is not in the armband he could be."

Attack: son only piping mane

Neville said: "You can't criticize Son or Mane. There is no negative about them. They are both absolutely world class. Every club in the world wants Son or Mane to play for them – Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint -Germain and Manchester United, every club in the world wants these two players.

Harry Kane leads the line for Team of the Season

"Just pocket the real goals and help, and Son just did better on a team that is obviously not that good. Son just won it, but that doesn't reflect Mane. He could have easily been on the team can."

"The reason I've always preferred Salah over Mane is because he's cold-blooded. Mane is a team player who always puts the team first, but Salah is cold-blooded and that's not negative. That makes Liverpool mean as a team . " and he's the type who will just try over and over and over and over and he won't stop. "

Carragher said, "I love Mane, but he's going through a little spell. He only scored one goal in nine games while Son wasn't in the charts. You couldn't pick Son."

"But I would say this position, the left attacker, is the strongest position in the league and where the best players are. For the last two or three years you have had Mane and Raheem Sterling who were as good as anything in this position.

"Eden Hazard just got eliminated at Real Madrid and Neymar is obviously a top player, but I think Marcus Rashford and Son have jumped up too now. Rashford is a great player and Son has just left the others behind this season but they are probably four. " World class player. Maybe Rashford is just a little under trying to get through to the next round, but I think we have the best in the world in this position in the Premier League. "


Steven Gregory