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Diogo Jota proves Gary Neville wrong again as Liverpool star gives clear Bruno Fernandes verdict

Bruno Fernandes points as he speaks to Diogo Jota during a Portugal game
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Diogo Jota has named his all-time best XI consisting of his teammates from over the years, with plenty of Liverpool stars getting the nod while Bruno Fernandes misses out.

Jota has played alongside more than his fair share of big names over the years, including the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk. Unsurprisingly, all three of those make it into his side.

Having spent four years at Liverpool now, the Reds are well-represented in Jota’s team, with five of his Anfield teammates named in total. As well as Salah and Van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Trent Alexander-Arnold also get the nod.

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Alexis Mac Allister also gets in, with the Argentine being picked over Jota’s Portugal teammate Bruno Fernandes. The rest of his side though features his international teammates.

Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo complete the back four, with Andy Robertson overlooked at left-back, while Ruben Neves – who also played alongside Jota at Wolves – and Bernardo Silva join Mac Allister in midfield. Ronaldo leads the line, with Jota himself and Salah alongside him.

Jota’s selection flies in the face of Gary Neville, who just last month compared Manchester United’s midfielders with Liverpool’s, and asserted that he would have picked Fernandes over Mac Allister. Neville suggested last summer that Jurgen Klopp would have swapped his midfield for Erik ten Hag’s, a notion that he then doubled down on during the Stick to Football podcast.

“You’d have taken [Mason] Mount over [Dominik] Szoboszlai, you’d have taken Casemiro or Amrabat over Endō,” Neville said. “You’d have taken [Bruno] Fernandes over [Alexis] Mac Allister. You’d have probably taken Kobbie Mainoo over Elliott, you might have taken [Scott] McTominay over Curtis Jones.”

Liverpool.com says: Jota is just confirming what every Liverpool fan already knew, yet Neville still seems reluctant to admit. You probably wouldn’t find a single supporter who would swap Mac Allister for Fernandes, and even his international teammate wouldn’t.

It says everything that Mac Allister gets into Jota’s team after just a year of playing together, especially considering the latter has missed a lot of football through injury. The Argentine is a special player, and United and Neville could only wish to have him in their side.