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Liverpool trio lead PL Player of the Season shortlist

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Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold are among the seven nominees for the 2019/20 Premier League Player of the Season award.

Henderson captained Liverpool to their first Premier League title and has already won the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year prize.

Mane once again proved himself to be a hugely reliable provider of both goals and assists for Jurgen Klopp’s side, recording 18 and seven respectively.

Alexander-Arnold-who is the only nominee to also be on the Young Player of the Year shortlist – was instrumental in Liverpool’s campaign and recorded 13 assists, second only to Kevin De Bruyne.

*Premier League 2019/20 Player of the Season nominees*

Trent Alexander-Arnold -Liverpool

Kevin De Bruyne -Manchester City

Jordan Henderson -Liverpool

Danny Ings -Southampton

Sadio Mane – Liverpool

Nick Pope – Burnley

Jamie Vardy – Leicester

De Bruyne is the only Manchester City player to be nominated for the Player of the Season award after they relinquished their Premier League title to Liverpool following two seasons as champions.

But even if City’s domestic campaign fell short of their previous lofty standards, De Bruyne enjoyed his most productive season since
arriving at the Etihad in 2015.

As well as recording 20 assists – equalling the league record set by Thierry Henry in 2003 – he also scored 13 times to help City finish as the division’s highest scorers for the third successive season.

Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy also made the cut after his 23 goals helped Leicester to fifth place – their second-highest Premier League finish.

Southampton striker Danny Ings missed out on sharing the Golden Boot with Vardy by just one goal, but could beat his fellow English striker to the Player of the Season award after also receiving a nomination.

The final nominee is Nick Pope, who played in every minute of Burnley’s Premier League season and earned 15 clean sheets-second only to Golden Glove winner Ederson.

The nominations for the Premier League Manager of the Season shortlist will be released at midday. The winners of the awards will be
announced at 10am on Thursday, August 13.

Vincent Paul

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