It’s Vir­gil v Ra­heem

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Offers -

VIR­GIL VAN DIJK and Ra­heem Ster­ling lead the way in the bat­tle to be crowned the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers’ As­so­ci­a­tion Player of the Year.

Liver­pool star Van Dijk has been recog­nised for spear­head­ing his club’s Pre­mier League ti­tle pur­suit.

The £75mil­lion de­fender is joined on the six-man short­list by Manch­ester City ace Ster­ling.

Ster­ling’s Eti­had team­mates Ser­gio Aguero and Bernardo Silva are among the nom­i­nees too, and Liver­pool’s Sa­dio Mane also makes the cut.

Chelsea play­maker Eden Hazard is the fi­nal se­lec­tion.

That means there’s no place for last year’s win­ner Mo Salah, Harry Kane or Arse­nal hit­man Pier­reEm­er­ick Aubameyang.

Ster­ling joins fel­low ris­ing Eng­land stars Marcus Rash­ford and De­clan Rice on the Young Player of the Year list.

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