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Pogba odd man out in PFA team of the year

Pogba odd man out in PFA team of the year

"It's even more special when you come in a team of the year as a defender because it mostly when players have played against them and thought after that it wasn't easy".

Liverpool colossus Virgil van Dijk has beaten Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling in the battle to win the PFA Players' Player of the Year award, it has been reported in England.

Regardless of his centre-back partner, the Reds have looked more assured and organised since Van Dijk's arrival in January a year ago, while the defensive record has improved immeasurably too.

The 26-year-old French World Cup-winning midfielder's inclusion is a surprise after an indifferent season, although he hit a purple patch after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived at Old Trafford as the interim manager.

Since then, John Barnes ('88), Steven Gerrard ('06) and Luis Suarez ('14) were the other winners playing for Liverpool, up until Salah and now Van Dijk added their names to the roll call.

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The front trio are all in contention for the Players' Player award - as is Bernardo Silva, who has earned rave reviews for his performances in City's midfield.

Ederson is favoured ahead of Alisson in goal with Virgil van Dijk, Aymeric Laporte, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson making up the back four.

Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane and Raheem Sterling are named in attack.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard completes the nominees for the 2018-19 campaign.

Surely in recognising a Young Player of the Year, we recognise they are at the top of their game - for their age; that experience will tip them into the category where they can justifiably be considered the best the league has to offer.