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7 Premier League stars shortlisted for prestigious new award

Four Liverpool players and one apiece from Manchester United, Manchester City and Aston Villa have been nominated for the esteemed new Fans’ Footballer of the Year award.

Supporters can cast their votes below and read about the achievements of the players in the running.

The nominees include last season’s Premier League-winning captain and the superstar who matched the division’s record assist tally.

Another player has grabbed the country’s attention for his work off the pitch as well as on it, while one of England’s most-promising talents is sure to go close after leading his side to safety last season.

Without further ado, read about the nominees below and cast your vote for Fans’ Footballer of the Year.

Jack Grealish

Grealish scored on the final day of last season as Villa secured their survival in the top flight

A midfielder who has shone for club and country, Jack Grealish made his first five appearances for the Three Lions this year and spearheaded Aston Villa’s charge to Premier League survival.

The 25-year-old continues to go from strength to strength and has already managed six goals and five assists this campaign.

Grealish committed his future to his boyhood club by signing a new long-term deal last summer, and Villa appear certain to improve on last season’s 17th-place finish with their talisman at the helm.

Jordan Henderson

Henderson led Liverpool to Premier League glory

Few could have predicted Jordan Henderson would be considered one of the finest players in the Premier League during his first seasons at Anfield.

But the Liverpool captain has matured from an energetic presence in midfield to the complete package. He is every bit a world-class performer through his versatility, pressing, passing and leadership.

The 30-year-old won numerous trophies in 2019 but it’s the one he lifted this year which will have tasted the sweetest, as he ended the Reds’ 30-year wait for a league title in style.

Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgian picked up a goal and an assist as City came from behind to win at the Santiago Bernabeu

Arguably the finest player in the Premier League, Kevin De Bruyne hit new heights last season and remarkable equalled the record of 20 assists in single a campaign.

It was no surprise to see the Belgian win a host of individual honours over the summer, while he continues to show he is the lynchpin that drives Manchester City forward.

The pick of his array of world-class performances was his goal-and-assist showing on a famous night for City at Real Madrid. The 29-year-old has produced countless magical moments and we are fortunate to watch him ply his trade week in, week out.

Marcus Rashford

Rashford scored the winner in another memorable victory at PSG in October

As well as scoring a career-best 22 goals last season, Marcus Rashford captured the heart of the nation with his campaign against child food poverty.

The Manchester United man is not afraid to use his platform to improve the situation around him and continues to show compassion beyond his years.

Rashford also overcame a serious back injury, while the highlight of his season so far is no doubt his Champions League hat-trick against RB Leipzig.

He is firmly in the running to add to his MBE with another award.

Mohamed Salah

It was an iconic celebration which summed up the mood of Liverpool fans

Mohamed Salah bursting from his own half, scoring the goal which sealed a 2-0 win over Manchester United and emphatically flexing his muscles on cold January evening at Anfield

It was a picture which summed up the belief Liverpool would finally end their wait for a league title after going 16 points clear at the top of the table with a win over their bitter rivals.

Salah enjoyed yet another stellar season to help steer the Reds to glory, scoring 19 times and picking up 10 assists, while he is in fine form this season with eight goals in nine games.

Sadio Mane

Mane showed once again he is one of the most well-rounded forwards in Europe

As Mohamed Salah’s forward partner, Sadio Mane enjoyed a blistering season of his own, scoring 18 goals as Liverpool won the league – including many vital winners.

His importance to Jurgen Klopp’s team cannot be overstated. Technically gifted, prolific with either foot or in the air, and able to leave full-backs flummoxed – Mane is the complete forward.

The 28-year-old has started this season in fine form, too, scoring four times in nine league games including both goals in the 2-0 win at Chelsea.

Virgil Van Dijk

Van Dijk scored a vital goal to put Liverpool ahead against Manchester United in January

Though his year on the football pitch was brought to an end under the tragic circumstances of a serious injury in October, that takes nothing away from all Virgil van Dijk achieved in 2020.

The Dutch colossus featured in all 38 Premier League games during Liverpool’s triumphant season, scoring five goals, and made a remarkable 50 appearances in all competitions.

Van Dijk raises the performances of those around him and is a key leader for the Reds; his return to action next year will bring joy to the Anfield faithful.

Cast your vote

Now you’ve had a reminder of all the seven nominees achieved over 2020, cast your vote below.

You can also cast your vote at http://www.fansfootballeroftheyear.co.uk

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