Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville's Premier League end of season awards

Carragher and Neville

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville dished out their Premier League end of the season awards on Monday Night Football.

After watching Newcastle beat Arsenal 2-0, the two Sky Sports pundits had their very own awards night.

We’ve already explained how they both picked their own Team of the Season – agreeing on seven players in each XI.

But they were also tasked with naming the winners of five awards: Best Player, Best Young Player, Best New Player, Best Coaching Performance and Best Goal. They only agreed on two selections each.

Carragher and Neville end of season awards

Best Player

Jamie Carragher – Kevin De Bruyne

Carragher said: “Salah was no doubt the best player in the first half of the season but De Bruyne was in the second half. You just think of the vital goals he got. Up against Atletico Madrid, United and Liverpool. For me, I think he is the best player in the league. I love Kevin De Bruyne. Take Liverpool out of the equation, if I want to watch someone, I watch Kevin De Bruyne. I think he is going to be one of the all-time greats in the Premier League.”

Gary Neville – Heung-Min Son

Neville said: “One goal off Mo Salah playing for a team that is completely different in style, that’s not as good. Everybody loves him. I think he could play for any team in the world. Any club in Europe would take him. Son does not get the recognition he deserves. For what he has done consistently, 21 goals, one off Salah in a team that is nowhere near as good, where he doesn’t get the service, I think he just deserves a mention really.”

Heung-Min Son

Best Young Player

Jamie Carragher – Declan Rice

Gary Neville – Declan Rice

Neville said: “The English player that all the top clubs want. Whether they can get him out of West Ham, whether they can afford him, is another matter. He may have to do another season at West Ham. He has just been a really good performer in a great West Ham season, reaching the semi-final of the Europa League. He is a massive performer for them.”

Declan Rice

Best New Player

Jamie Carragher – Cristian Romero

Carragher said: “I really like him. Maybe with Romero being my position, I remember watching him at Man City earlier in the season and thinking there is something special about him. Every time I watch him play, he takes the ball, he is aggressive. He reminds me of Ricardo Carvalho at Chelsea. He isn’t the biggest of defenders, but he is clever, he’s switched on, he is cool on the ball. I think Tottenham have a real player there.”

Gary Neville – Luis Diaz

Neville said: “To hit the ground running like he did in January. Salah and Mane go to the AFCON in January and you are telling me that Liverpool are going to three finals and going to the last day of the Premier League? No chance. City have won the league by 10 points. They haven’t got that back up. He is absolutely sensational. To the point whereby if Mo Salah does leave in 12 months or whenever that may be, you are almost not as sad because you have a ready-made replacement. An unbelievable talent. What a player.”

Best Coaching Performance

Jamie Carragher – Jurgen Klopp

Carragher said: “I think one of the biggest strengths of Jurgen Klopp – and obviously he is brilliant at everything – is his personality, his character. That ability to come back and fight. They only made one signing in the summer, Konate, a back-up centre-back. And they have played 60 games this season and lost three.”

Gary Neville – Jurgen Klopp

Neville said: “Three finals. Getting close to City. I think it is undisputed. What he has done this season is absolutely exceptional. He built that great team for three or four years and I thought they were just going over the edge a bit. Decline. Not a big amount. But he has just brought them back. It is absolutely brilliant what he has done.”

Best Goal

Jamie Carragher – Mohamed Salah vs Man City

“I went for Mo Salah against City. It was just below me in the box, where we were covering the game. It was classic Salah, it really was. It is also the opposition, it’s Manchester City, the occasion. There are different types of goals. That is the type of goal you just don’t see. It was a Lionel Messi type of goal.”

Gary Neville – Mateo Kovacic vs Liverpool

“Kovacic. I like picking a goal where I was at the game. It was a brilliant moment. It was a decent punch, height and distance. To take those two or three steps back, that was the thing. He skips as he hits it. I thought that was an amazing goal in a great game.”

Carragher and Neville’s awards in full

Carragher and Neville end of Premier League season awards

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