Gary Neville questions why Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp did not sign Arsenal star

Gary Neville has questioned why Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp did not sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Arsenal snapped up the striker for £56million in January 2018. Aubameyang became the joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League on Sunday after bagging a brace against Everton in their 3-2 home win.

The Gabon international has now scored 49 Premier League goals in 74 appearances for the Gunners in his 25 months at the club.

And Neville was full of praise for the frontman on The Gary Neville Podcast, which was recorded after the frontman’s double on Sunday.

“Including me, we have stopped short of announcing Aubameyang as world-class,” Neville said.

“We’re happy to go with [Sergio] Aguero, we’re happy to go with [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah, [Roberto] Firmino, [Harry] Kane… all these players who have graced the Premier League in the last two or three seasons.

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“I feel that Aubameyang doesn’t get that same credit and maybe it’s something that comes from when he first entered into English football.”

The former Manchester United captain then went on to question why Klopp, who managed the 30-year-old for two years at Borussia Dortmund, did not try to sign him for the Reds.

“It was a case of: ‘Why didn’t any of the top clubs want him?’” Neville asked.

“‘How did Arsenal get him? Is there something wrong with him? Why didn’t Klopp take him to Anfield? All these questions were being asked. I asked them myself.

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“But now we’re talking about a really high level of performance over a couple of years and today, I thought it was a brilliant performance from him.

“Not just his goals, which he took really well, but also the shift that he put in.”

Aubameyang has been used most often on the left-wing this season, making way for Alexandre Lacazette and, of late, Eddie Nketiah.

Neville also hailed the player’s adaptation to the left-wing, saying: “I didn’t know how he would adapt to being told to go and play on the left-hand side.


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“The idea of doing a shift there when you think you’re the top man and you’re the goalscorer… but he seems to have really bought into it.

“He doesn’t look like he has been a moment’s bother since he’s come to Arsenal, so all the suggestions that he could have issues off the pitch have not materialised.

“I think it’s getting to the point now where you could argue that he is the top goalscorer in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons.

“He’s one of the best players we’ve got in the Premier League, but for some reason he doesn’t quite get the credit and the plaudits that others get.

“I don’t know why that is, but I think now’s the time for us all to start recognising the quality and the brilliance of this player.

“He fights for the team, he’s always there, and for me, he’s everything you would want in a football player.”

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