With the season nearing its end, award season is upon us, as are decisions for team of the year, and Gary Neville’s selection at right-back immediately caught the attention of Liverpool fans.
Liverpool have already seen one award bestowed upon a player this season, with Mohamed Salah crowned Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.
The Egyptian is in line for further accolades, as is a number of Jurgen Klopp‘s side thanks to a remarkable campaign that still has the potential to add two more trophies to the collection.
In 31 league appearances, Alexander-Arnold has set up 12 goals and scored two of his own, but he still finds his name readily thrown into debates regarding the league’s best right-back.
But while Jamie Carragher named Liverpool’s No. 66 in his team of the season on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Neville instead chose Walker – who has made 20 league appearances and has two assists.
“I think [Walker] has had an unbelievable season and when he doesn’t play City miss him lots. City’s defensive record is as good as Liverpool’s,” Neville said of his choice.
“That right-hand side of City’s defence and left-hand side of Liverpool’s defence are absolutely brilliant and that’s why I have split the defence, basically. I think Kyle Walker and Dias are a better right-hand side.”
Liverpool fans had something to say about the selection, though:
Gary Neville actually put Kyle Walker in his team of the season over Trent, I thought the lads were messing with me and then I see it’s actually true! Christ that’s mental ??? pic.twitter.com/eJ7Iqi2VHs
— Dean Kennedy (@deankeno25) May 17, 2022
It's 2022 and Gary Neville is still putting Kyle Walker in his team of the season ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold. lmao
— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) May 17, 2022
Neville is the third Sky employee so far who’s included Kyle Walker in their TOTS.
He’s a good player but he’s only played 20 games this season and Trent’s been far better.
I can figure out the purpose of most Sky agendas but I really don’t understand this one… ? https://t.co/OzmhORnKIB
— Jack ?? (@_V1RG1L) May 16, 2022
Gary Neville really picked Kyle Walker over Trent in his team of the season. This guy is a joker.
— Moby (@Mobyhaque1) May 16, 2022
What is Neville smoking how do you conclude that Walker had a better season than Arnold and picking Rodri over Fabinho pic.twitter.com/xa3H6sS2ex
— Ugandan Scouser ?? (@mosaeed_LFC) May 17, 2022
Neville picking Kyle Walker over Trent in his Team of the Season ??????
— LFC Stats (@LFCData) May 16, 2022
Neville picked Walker over Trent pic.twitter.com/klREbK1ygY
— . (@_Riddxck) May 16, 2022
Gary Neville picked Walker is his TOTS over Trent?
Wow I was wrong when I thought he can't surprise me with his takes anymore ?
— awkwardblob (@varuncanny) May 17, 2022
Gary Neville putting Walker in ahead of Trent in the TOTS pic.twitter.com/DW7quIb1rt
— 0810 (@Gideoomatic) May 16, 2022
— 11MoSalah11 (@11MoSalah11) May 17, 2022
— Scott Groom (@ScottCGroom) May 16, 2022
Gary Neville's Trent agenda is too funny.
The kid could easily go down in history as the most influential, most successful and most game-changing fullback ever & English pundits and coaches are like 'But Kyle Walker is DEAD FAST on the cover you know!'
— David Martinez (@DMARTINEZ_85) May 16, 2022
It’s clear to see how Liverpool fans took Neville’s selection, which is certainly eyebrow-raising – even when you only consider the 2021/22 season, which his team is meant to represent.
But with two trophies secured and, hopefully, more to come you feel Trent will not be too deturbed from Neville’s snub.