Barnes: ‘œStevie was robbed’

Former Liverpool captain John Barnes says the PFA Player of the Year award fell into the wrong hands this season, with current Reds skipper Steven Gerrard the real worthy winner.

Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs picked up the award at a ceremony on Sunday night, but the victory has caused much debate as to whether Giggs is really worthy of a player of the season award. The Welsh winger has started just 12 Premier League games all season.

“I can’t say I agree with the decision but good luck to Ryan for winning the award,” said Barnes. “It’s just a shame after so many great seasons at Old Trafford that he’s won the award in a year when he’s not played more of a key role for Manchester United.

“Now don’t get me wrong, Ryan is a great ambassador for the game, a great player and a nice guy too and I think what he’s achieved deserves to be recognised.

“However, this is an award judged on the performance of this season and for me, Steven Gerrard should have won it.

“In reality Steven has been the best player in the Premier League this season and deserved the award.”

  • Read the views of new This Is Anfield columnist Paul Jones on the PFA Awards, here.