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Liverpool Have Strong Showing at PFA Awards but Miss Top Prize

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Five Reds made Team of the Year and Trent Alexander-Arnold was named top young player but top prize went to Kevin de Bruyne.

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With Liverpool running away with the Premier League title in 2019-20, Jürgen Klopp’s rampant Reds were always expected to feature prominently at the Professional Footballer Association Awards.

The night started out brightly for them, with PFA Player of the Season favourites Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mané were named to the Team of the Year alongside club teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, and Andy Robertson.

They were joined by Burnley’s Nick Pope in goal, Çağlar Söyüncü from Leicester, Man City starts David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne in midfield, and Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang up front.

Then, for Young Player of the Year, Trent Alexander-Arnold was the clear winner as the only one of the nominees also in the running for senior Player of the Year.

In the end, though, it was Kevin de Bruyne who won Player of the Year—no doubt helped by the fact that Mané and Henderson, winners of the fan and media awards respectively, will have split some of the vote but nonetheless a worthy winner.

De Bruyne beat out both Henderson and Mané as well as Van Dijk and Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling.