Silva whines about bias towards LFC players in awards season
We've heard some pure sh*te from rival (primarily Man City) players over the years, but Bernardo Silva must've gone a bit mad in lockdown with what he's had to say today.
In a funny little interview with Bleacher Report, Man City's Spanish star has spoken quite frankly about the conspiracy theory he holds (along with, presumably, everyone at the club) that Liverpool receive an unfair bias when it comes to individual awards.
He said: "I hope this is not a bad example, and people don't take it badly. But I always think about the last three seasons, Man City and Liverpool.
"Three seasons ago we win the league and they were 30 points behind. Kevin De Bruyne, unbelievable season, Mo Salah, scores a lot of goals. He's a great player and I admire him a lot, and they give the award to Mo Salah.
"The season after, very tight. Raheem Sterling was on the run with van Dijk, they give the award to van Dijk. This season again, Kevin de Bruyne, another unbelievable season.
"We're behind, but because Liverpool are champions probably one of them is winning the award again."
To find the nonsense in the above quotes, you only have to look at the unbelievable season Mo Salah and Virgil Van Dijk had.
Salah won a dozen personal honours that season, scored 60 goals and assists in 52 games, became a world-wide phenomenon, in a season where De Bruyne's form fizzled out in the last couple of months with 33 goals and assists in an outstanding football team.
Last season, Virgil Van Dijk should've won the Ballon d'Or, with even his rivals admitting they don't know how he didn't win it. Whilst the Dutch defender went on to win the Champions League and numerous individual awards for his, quite frankly, imperious form.
He had no contenders from January onwards, as Sterling - as always - faded away as the season wore on and nobody else came even close.
This year, if anything, it's much tighter, with Liverpool miles ahead but with few outstanding players in any team. If Jordan Henderson wins it, if awards are even given out, it'll be because he was the best player. Not a single City player has stood out this season at all.
One thing that this confirms though, in case we didn't already know it, is how much Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have truly gotten to Man City and their players. Even two months into a pandemic, and they still can't stop talking about us.