Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane represent Liverpool in this season’s six-man PFA Player of the Year shortlist; joining Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
The shortlist was expected to be dominated by Liverpool and Man City stars after both teams’ dominating Premier League campaigns, while Hazard has been making headlines of his own in a disappointing Chelsea side.
All five men weren’t in the picture for last year’s award, although Van Dijk and Mane’s Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah pipped Kevin De Bruyne to the post after a stunning first season at Anfield.
City’s Sterling was voted Young Player of the Year last term and is now alongside the Reds’ Dutch centre-back as joint-favourite for the big one this time around.
The winner will be announced at the Grosvenor House in London on Sunday 28 April, hours after what could be a decisive game for City at Burnley.
The other PFA Player of the Year nominees
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
The Portugal international has improved massively this term and looks set to become a world-class asset under Guardiola.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Sterling has looked like one of the best wingers in Europe, never mind the Premier League, this term and would be a worthy winner.
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
He may be now entering the back end of 30, but City’s all-time top goalscorer isn’t showing any signs of letting up.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
It’s been a poor league campaign for Chelsea but Hazard has constantly lit up the matches he’s involved in. It could be his last season in England with Real Madrid seemingly beckoning.