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The fight for the Player of the Year award could push Liverpool to an invincible season

All Liverpool have to worry about in the Premier League is which ground to win it in and the exact route for the open-top bus parade. 

But Jurgen Klopp’s players will be keen to keep their feet on the pedal as half the squad are in contention for the PFA Player of the Year award.

There will be healthy competition at Melwood to see which of the seven or eight in contention can walk away as the ‘Best of the best.’


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Pretty sure we know who the Manager of the Year is…

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Pretty sure we know who the Manager of the Year is…

If the bookies are anything to go by, Sadio Mane will be picking the award up in May.

The Senegalese winger has already won the African Player of the Year this season and has 15 goals and 11 assists in his 31 appearances across all competitions.

Their number 10 is 7/4 with most bookmakers but is facing a few weeks out after picking up a knock against Wolves.

Both Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk have won the award over the past two seasons which would favour Mane to win his first.

Your defence is terrified

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Your defence is terrified

Liverpool’s number four will be looking to become the only the third player to win the award back-to-back, after Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Not bad company to be in, eh?

The centre-back has been just as imperious this year as he was last and has four goals to his name as well as helping his side to nine clean sheets – the highest in the League.

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An outsider for the award is Trent Alexander-Arnold, who is favourite for the Young Player of the Year award at 1/5.

He already has 10 assists and two goals in the League so shouldn’t be discounted when talking about the big one.

The League has never seen a right back like TAA, his ridiculous crossing and range of passing make him one of a kind.

A far cry from the your run-of-the-mill Gary Neville or Branislav Ivanovic.

Little and large

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Little and large

The less glamorous option would be the captain, Jordan Henderson.

A man who’s running style once denied him a move to Man United is now the beating heart of the Liverpool team and is out at 10/1 for the award.

Alisson will undoubtedly be in the Team of the Season but in truth hasn’t been busy enough to walk away with the main prize.

Throw in the glue up top that is Roberto Firmino and Alexander-Arnold’s counter-part, Andy Robertson and you have a team full of players who all deserve some individual merit.

Captain, Leader, Player of the Year?

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Captain, Leader, Player of the Year?

Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Jamie Vardy are the only players outside the League leaders who have a sniff of winning the award.

But with Klopp’s boys set to win the League by 20+ points it would be an injustice if the trophy didn’t make it’s way to Merseyside.

De Bruyne will surely win one before his time in the Premier League is up

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De Bruyne will surely win one before his time in the Premier League is up

Both Salah and Mane have been accused of selfish play over the past couple of years showing that, despite what they say in interviews, most footballers are ultimately a selfish bunch.

But Klopp should be encouraging all his players to be as arrogant as possible with records there to be smashed for the German and his team.

The prospect of being Liverpool’s best player in their best ever League campaign should be enough to keep the squad playing at the same pace that we’ve seen all season.

A scary prospect for the rest of the League. 



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