Mane, De Bruyne, Van Dijk in PFA Player of The Year shortlist

London, Sep 4 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 9/4/2020 10:11:35 AM IST

Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are all in contention for the 2020 PFA Player of the Year (POTY) award, with the Liverpool quartet joined in the six-man shortlist by Manchester City pair Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling.

Premier League champions from Anfield dominate the selection of nominees, with Jurgen Klopp’s side seeing their efforts recognised in what was a record-setting campaign for the Reds.

City, though, boast the current Premier League Player of the Year, with Belgium international midfielder De Bruyne landing that prize for 2019-20.

He will be hoping to complete a notable double, allowing him to follow in the footsteps of Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Van Dijk – who have taken the PFA gong in the last two seasons.

Of the runners and riders from the last campaign, the PFA said, “Alexander-Arnold, 21, and Van Dijk played in all 38 league games while Henderson captained the side impressively and Mane scored 22 goals in all competitions.”

Liverpool full-back Alexander-Arnold is also included among the nominees for the Young Player of the Year award. He is joined on that list by Manchester United forwards Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, his Stamford Bridge team-mate Mason Mount and Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka.

When it comes to the Women’s Player of the Year category, there is a healthy collection of Chelsea stars in contention. Beth England, Sophie Ingle, Guro Reiten and Ji So-yun are all included on the list of candidates from the Blues’ ranks, with current holder of the prize Vivianne Miedema and her Arsenal colleague Kim Little also getting the nod.


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