Gary Neville admits two Liverpool players made him eat his words
By Josh ChalliesTrainee Sports Wire Writer
22:15, 5 APR 2019
Manchester United legend Gary Neville has admitted two Liverpool stars have left him eating his words after exceeding his expectations at the club.
The former defender had previously been surprised by the signing of Andy Robertson from Hull City and the amount paid to bring Virgil van Dijk from the club from Southampton.
However, his view on the pair has changed significantly after Liverpool ’s fantastic season this term as they fight Manchester City for the Premier League title - heaping vast praise upon Van Dijk in particular.
“It wasn’t the signing itself that surprised me, it was the amount. I remember when Manchester City signed Kyle Walker for £50m it left me thinking ‘wow that’s incredible’ and the same with Virgil van Dijk,” he told Sky Sports.
“However, watching him in this last 12 months, everyone has given him the praise he deserves. He’s been absolutely outstanding and I remember looking back at my career, Gary Pallister, Jaap Stam, Rio Ferdinand, they’re a defender in a team that make everybody feel safe.
“Honestly, every time I watch Liverpool play, even if Matip misses it or two full-backs aren’t there because they’ve gone forward, he just seems to cover the whole back four. He is a unique defender.
“Varane and Ramos have been the best centre backs in the world for me over the past few years but there is no doubt this guy is going to be up there in the next few years as the best centre half in the world because I’ve not seen a centre half as good for a long, long time.
“In possession play, his passing is a joke. It’s unbelievable, he passes like a central midfield player, for me he’s the player in the team where everyone will say he’s the one that can’t get injured. 100% my player of the year and there’s not anyone else close to him.”
Neville had similar comments concerning Robertson , who has provided a big influence at both ends of the field for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season.
"I got it completely wrong. I didn't think he was good enough defensively. I'd watched him for Scotland and Hull and knew he was good going forward. I didn't think he would be good enough at the top level against the best wingers."
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