Arguably the most prestigious individual honour in the English game, the votes to be crowned as the finest player in the division will soon be held as players across the country name one fellow professional as the league’s best.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk would take the honour last season ahead of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, the Dutchman becoming just the third defender to win the award during the Premier League era.
This season has seen a host of players move into contention for the award, in arguably the most difficult season for many years in which to pick a winner.
So for those you interested in keeping up to date with the latest football scores, here are the five favourites to win the PFA Player’s Player of the Year Award…
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – 9/1
Last season’s winner is amongst the contenders once again to be named as Player of the Year, a feat that only Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo have previously achieved in consecutive seasons.
Liverpool’s record-breaking start to the season has left the club with several contenders to be crowned as the division’s finest, Van Dijk once again instrumental to the success of Jurgen Klopp’s side and firmly established in the eyes of many as the world’s finest defender.
Few players in the Premier League are of as much importance to their side as the towering Dutch defender, Van Dijk bringing leadership and an aura of impregnability to the Liverpool backline.
His odds of 9/1 are reflective of the open market, though few would be surprised to hear his name once again called out when the ceremony is held later this year.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – 9/1
The odds-on favourite to be crowned as the Young Player of the Year is also firmly amongst the favourites for the senior award, Alexander-Arnold having continued his development into arguably the finest full-back in world football at present.
Already this season the 21-year-old has registered 10 Premier League assists, becoming the first defender in the division’s history to reach double figures in more than one season and well on course to smash the record of 12 set by the right-back himself last season.
Alexander-Arnold’s delivery is amongst the most dangerous in Europe and has been a key figure in Liverpool’s rise to the top of the division, their creativity coming from full-back as their academy graduate continues to change perceptions over the importance of the position in modern football.
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) – 7/2
Kevin De Bruyne’s ongoing brilliance is no surprise to any avid watcher of the Premier League, though the Belgian has continued to provide moments of magic despite Manchester City’s indifferent campaign so far.
The 28-year-old simply sees things that others don’t, whilst his ability to execute passes with perfect weight and precision is a talent perhaps no other midfielder in world football can match.
Already this season De Bruyne has registered 15 Premier League assists, becoming the first player in the history of the division to reach that tally in three separate campaigns and leaving him well on course to break Thierry Henry’s all-time record of 20 goals provided in a single season.
Having been unfortunate to miss out to Mohamed Salah two years ago during City’s record-breaking 100 point season, De Bruyne will hope that this can be the year he receives the individual recognition his sublime talent deserves.
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – 7/2
Could Jordan Henderson be named as Player of the Year?
The bookmakers certainly seem to think so.
The Liverpool captain has been, unfairly, a much-maligned figure during periods of his career, though he is now finally receiving the recognition his consistency and performances deserve and those outside of Anfield have previously failed to recognise.
Henderson’s game has elevated to new heights since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside, with the England international currently playing the best football of his career as the Reds’ boss extracts the maximum from his talents.
The 29-year-old’s drive and energy are perfectly tailored to the intensity of Liverpool’s style, whilst his underrated passing ability and leadership have made him fundamental to their recent success.
Henderson’s performances have helped drag his side through a difficult festive period without the influential Fabinho, their captain at the heart of a winning run that is showing no signs of letting up.
Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – 7/4
The favourites for the Player of the Year award is dominated by contenders from runaway leaders Liverpool, with Sadio Mane the favourite to be crowned as the league’s best player.
The Senegalese star would enjoy an electric start to the season and scored some vitals goals for the club during the opening months of the campaign, with winners against the likes of Crystal Palace and Wolves amongst his 11 league goals for the season so far.
Mane’s importance is demonstrated in his rare absence from Jurgen Klopp’s side, the 27-year-old often avoiding rotation with his pace, creativity and goalscoring prowess proving talismanic for the league leaders.
Named as the African Footballer of the Year for 2019, there may be further individual accolades for Mane in the coming months, the forward having undoubtedly been amongst the best players in the Premier League this season.