Premier League: Title rivals Virgil Van Dijk, Raheem Sterling lead PFA Player of the Year award shortlist

Liverpool and Manchester City dominate the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award, with Virgil Van Dijk and Raheem Sterling favourites for the prize.

Agence France-Presse April 20, 2019 18:12:19 IST
Premier League: Title rivals Virgil Van Dijk, Raheem Sterling lead PFA Player of the Year award shortlist
  • Liverpool and Manchester City dominate the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award, with Virgil Van Dijk and Raheem Sterling favourites for the prize.

  • Van Dijk joins teammate Sadio Mane on the list, while City forward Sterling is included alongside teammates Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva.

  • Sterling and Silva are nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Declan Rice, David Brooks and Marcus Rashford.

London: Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated the shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award, with Virgil Van Dijk and Raheem Sterling the leading contenders for the prize.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk joins teammate Sadio Mane on the list, while City forward Sterling is included alongside teammates Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva.

Premier League Title rivals Virgil Van Dijk Raheem Sterling lead PFA Player of the Year award shortlist

Virgil Van Dijk (L) and Raheem Sterling (R) are the leading contenders for the PFA Player of the Year award. Reuters

Chelsea's Eden Hazard completes the nominees for the 2018-19 campaign, with the winner announced on 28 April at the PFA's awards ceremony in London.

Van Dijk, signed from Southampton in January 2018, has been an ever-present rock at the heart of the Premier League's tightest defence this campaign.

He has helped Liverpool keep 18 clean sheets and concede only 20 times while chipping in with three goals.

Senegal international Mane, included ahead of last year's winner Mohamed Salah, has also enjoyed a stellar season for Jurgen Klopp's side, hitting 18 league goals as the Anfield club attempt to end a 29-year wait to be champions.

Sterling, the bookmakers' second favourite for the award behind 27-year-old Van Dijk, has been key for Pep Guardiola's side with 17 goals and nine assists going into the weekend.

Sterling and Silva, both 24, are also on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

They are joined in that category by Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, Bournemouth winger David Brooks and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.

Updated Date:

also read

Premier League: Manchester United's fixture pileup a 'crime' by EPL, says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Sports

Premier League: Manchester United's fixture pileup a 'crime' by EPL, says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Manchester United fielded a virtual reserve team against Leicester due to a schedule logjam and lost 2-1, denting Liverpool's top-four chances.

Premier League: Ferran Torres nets hat-trick as Manchester City outclass Newcastle United in seven-goal thriller
Sports

Premier League: Ferran Torres nets hat-trick as Manchester City outclass Newcastle United in seven-goal thriller

Ferran Torres demonstrated his scoring instincts by netting a hat-trick as newly crowned champion Manchester City won a record 12th straight away game in the English Premier League, 4-3 at Newcastle on Friday.

Premier League: Manchester City ride on ever-vigilant Ruben Dias as Pep Guardiola's men clinch title once again
Sports

Premier League: Manchester City ride on ever-vigilant Ruben Dias as Pep Guardiola's men clinch title once again

Dias became a monument to Manchester City's imperious championship. Not unlike the aura Van Dijk holds at Liverpool, he too has become the symbolic sentinel. Excluding calm confidence, gliding on green grass, a two steps ahead of every move.