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PFA Snubs Sadio Mané in Player of the Year Voting

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Liverpool’s attacking star was left of the list of finalists for the Premier League’s top award.

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Despite being tipped by many as a Player of the Year favourite, Liverpool attacker Sadio Mané has been shunned today, left off the list of six contenders for the PFA Player of the Year Award in a move that will leave many Liverpool fans scratching their heads.

There's no room for Mané, but there is for last summer's other big Premier League transfer signing, Chelsea's N'Golo Kante, who many believe is favourite to win the award. There is also room for teammate Eden Hazard and London rival Harry Kane. Few would argue their inclusions over Mané.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Everton's Romelu Lukaku round out this season's final six, and though all have had solid seasons, it feels harsh on Mané to include them here while leaving him off the final list.

If there's a silver lining for club and player, though, it's that Mané is far more likely to be playing in the Champions League next season than any of those three, at least if they remain at their current clubs rather than transfering in search of Europe and a title challenge.

Elsewhere, Harry Kane,  Dele Alli, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Leroy Sane, and Romelu Lukaku were named finalists for the PFA's Young Player of the Year award. Liverpool had no players who were considered favourites to make that list.