But nevertheless, his comments went down like a lead balloon among Reds fans.
Speaking on Sky Sports show The Debate about the recent transfer speculation surrounding the Brazilian, who was this week the subject of a £90million bid from Barcelona, Neville said: “I think he is good enough for Barcelona.
“I think he has got the characteristics, the skill, the technique, to fit in their with a ‘ticky-tacky’ style. But I think for a Jurgen Klopp type side, and I saw it last season, did they miss him that much when he was out? I know he scored 14 goals.”
Neville went on to suggest the club could benefit by making as much as £100million for the player, and reinvesting the money.
He then claimed Chelsea’s wantaway striker Diego Costa – who wouldn’t be a like-for-like swap with the now deep lying playmaker – would be an adequate replacement. And well, it seems Liverpool fans disagree.
Many took to Twitter to voice their opinion after watching the show, and it seems they are all unanimously against the idea of a swap.