Liverpool dominates shortlist for PFA player of the year award, Salah out

AP , Ahram Online , Friday 4 Sep 2020

The Egyptian flamboyant winger, who won the PFA player of the year award in 2018, did not make it to the final cut

Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah (R) and Liverpool's English midfielder Harvey Elliott attend the warm up prior to the friendly test match against FC Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria on August 25 2020. AFP

Liverpool dominated the six-man shortlist for English soccer's player of the year award on Friday as the Premier League champions look to deliver a winner for the third straight season.

Virgil van Dijk, the center back who won the award last season, was joined on the list by teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane. Henderson has already been voted soccer writers' player of the year for the 2019-20 season.

Surprisingly Egypt flamboyant winger Mohamed Salah, who won the PFA player of the year award in 2018, did not make it to the final cut.

Manchester City players Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling complete the shortlist for the Professional Footballers' Association award. The winner will be announced on Tuesday.

City has never had a winner despite being winning four Premier League titles since 2012.

De Bruyne looks to have the best chance of ending Liverpool's run after scoring 13 goals and getting a record-tying 20 assists.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was player of the year for the 2018-19 season, just ahead of De Bruyne. Salah didn't make this year's nominees, and neither did Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, the Premier League's top scorer last season with 23 goals.

There is a similar split for the women's award, with four players from Women's Super League champion Chelsea on the shortlist: Beth England, Sophie Ingle, Guro Reiten and Ji So-Yun. Arsenal players Vivianne Miedema and Kim Little are the other nominees.

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