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Liverpool have three players on the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award. The Reds boast the player who should win it, too.

The PFA announced the six names up for their Player of the Year award on Wednesday. Three Liverpool names make the shortlist – Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah. They join Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin De Bruyne in the running.

Now, there are some questionable choices here. The strangest is certainly that Son Heung-Min didn’t make the cut but Kane did – few Tottenham Hotspur fans would say that Kane was the better of the two. It’s difficult to see how Son didn’t get in over Cristiano Ronaldo, either, but perhaps this bit isn’t important.

The fact is, there are two players on this list who are truly in the running – Salah and De Bruyne. It’s essentially a vote between the pair of them and for us, the Liverpool man is the clear winner this year.

Liverpool’s Salah for PFA Player of the Year.

Both Salah and De Bruyne have had sensational seasons and really, both deserve the award. Only one can win it, though, and we believe the Egyptian gets the nod.

Go back to the end of the calendar year and there was little doubt that Salah was the best player in England. He was utterly dominant, leading both the goal and assist charts by some way. Liverpool weren’t quite in the title race at that point but Salah was unquestionably the standout player around.

He went to the Africa Cup of Nations to start 2022 and in truth, his form since returning just wasn’t the same. However, Salah was so dominant over the first half of the season that he still won both the Premier League’s Golden Boot and Playmaker awards.

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Simply put, Liverpool don’t come close to the Premier League title without Salah’s efforts. If his season had happened the other way around, we imagine there would be no doubt whatsoever that he’s winning it.

Not that the second half of his campaign was ‘bad’. Salah created at least one chance for a teammate in all but two games post-AFCON – and both were substitute appearances where he played half an hour.

He scored seven times, assisted another four, and played a huge role as Liverpool racked up wins. Salah just couldn’t quite match his unbelievable levels from pre-AFCON.

So for us, Salah is the winner. An utterly ridiculous first-half of the season, coupled with a very solid second, as Liverpool hit 92 points. As good as De Bruyne was, he can’t match those efforts.

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