Some English Premier League players have been selected to make up the PFA Team of the Year for this season, but Manchester City and Liverpool players have dominated the list.
The list has taken many by surprise as 10 of the 11 stars from the league’s top two clubs made the list; with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba having a surprise inclusion ahead of Chelsea talisman, Eden Hazard.
Van Dijk, expected to win the individual title, has been the beating heart of a Liverpool defence which has shipped just 20 goals in 35 games, keeping 18 clean sheets, as Jurgen Klopp’s side continue to push champions City all the way in the title race.
The Dutchman is one of four Liverpool players to make the team, alongside fellow defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson as well as Sadio Mane, the Senegalese having bagged 18 goals and 1 assist so far this season
Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte makes up the back four, in front of Brazilian keeper Ederson, while Fernandinho sits at the base of a midfield three behind teammate Bernardo Silva and Manchester rival Pogba.
Up top, Sergio Aguero is flanked by Mane and the expected Young Player of the Year Raheem Sterling.
As well as there being no place for Hazard, 16 goals and 13 assists for Chelsea so far this season, Tottenham forward Heung-min Son also misses out having been a standout star for Mauricio Pochettino.
Son has scored 12 and laid on six during a season in which he has twice been dragged away for international duty with South Korea during the domestic calendar, one with national service on the line, and stood in for Harry Kane during the England captain’s injury problems.
Source: Evening Standard