Silva’s controversial claim about ‘unfair Liverpool bias’ comes back to bite him

Bernardo Silva's bold claim that because Liverpool are champions a Reds start would win the PFA Player of the Year award has come back to bite him.

The Manchester City midfielder ranted back in April that his side were getting overlooked when it came to individual accolades.

He pointed out that Man City had been more successful than Liverpool in the Premier League back in 2019, and yet it was Mohamed Salah who won the coveted award.

He added that another Liverpool player would win it this year because the Reds won the title.

"I'm not a big fan [of individual awards] because I think plenty of players deserve a lot more than what they get," Silva told Bleacher Report.

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"I'll give you a simple example – Fernandinho and even Raheem Sterling. He was outstanding last season. It depends on plenty of things because some clubs have more power with the media, with the organisations than others, so if you play for Benfica it's much easier to win individual awards than if you're playing for a team that is mid-table.

"I don't know. I hope this is not a bad example but I always think about the last three seasons with Man City and Liverpool.

"Three seasons ago we won the league, they were 30 points behind, Kevin De Bruyne had an unbelievable season, Mo Salah scored a lot of goals – he's a great player, I admire him a lot I'm not saying otherwise – and they gave the award to Salah and not Kevin De Bruyne.

"The season after, very tight, Raheem Sterling was on the run with Van Dijk and they gave it to Van Dijk. This season again, Kevin de Bruyne has an unbelievable season but because Liverpool are champions probably one of them is winning the award again."

But Silva was wrong with his assumption, as Man City ace Kevin De Bruyne was deservedly named PFA Player of the Year for 2020.

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