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REDS DOMINATE Gary Neville explains why he picked Son Heung-min ahead of Sadio Mane in his team of 2020


Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. CREDIT: REUTERS

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. CREDIT: REUTERS

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher. CREDIT: REUTERS

Liverpool's Premier League champions dominated the team of the 2020 selected by Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville, yet it was the players left out that caused the biggest talking points.

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson joined Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and striker Mohamed Salah in a team filled with members of Jurgen Klopp's championship winning side.

Picking players who were not wearing Liverpool red in 2020 proved to be a more complicated task for Carragher and Neville, with the Tottenham duo of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min selected.

That meant there was no place for Liverpool's Sadio Mane, with Neville admitting he was unfortunate to miss out as he tweeted out the reasons for the selection:

"You cannot criticise Son or Mane," said the former Manchester United defender.

"There is no negative about them. They are both absolutely world-class. Every club in the world would want Son or Mane playing for them - Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United, every club in the world want those two players.

"Just plug the actual goals and assists in, and Son's just done better in a team that isn't as good obviously. Son just won it but that is no reflection on Mane. He could've easily been in the team."

Carragher is a big fan of Wolves defender Conor Coady and he gave him a spot in the line-up alongside Van Dijk at the heart of a back four.

"I went with Coady, not only for his Wolves performances but for his England breakthrough too," he said. "There's always a question mark surrounding players who don't play at the top level, whether it would be Champions League or international football.

"But Coady stepped up for England, impressing everyone with his personality. We can talk about his clean sheets and how many games he plays but his passing out from the back is as good as anyone - possibly only Van Dijk is better than him."

Teams of the Year always create plenty of discussion and in this strange year that has been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, the names in this line-up have still managed to shine.

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