It would make three years in a row if a Liverpool player were to capture the award. Mo Salah won it in 2018. Virgil van Dijk won it in 2019.
Here’s a look at how oddsmakers see the race.
2020 PFA Player of the Year odds
|Jordan Henderson +125||Sadio Mane +250|
|Kevin de Bruyne +450||Virgil van Dijk +500|
|Trent Alexander-Arnold +1400||Mo Salah +2000|
|Jamie Vardy +6600||Roberto Firmino +10000|
Making a case for each front-runner
Of the PFA Player of the Year front-runners, each has a unique case for the award. While Jordan Henderson seems to be the likely recipient as of now, Mo Salah has a ton of value.
- Jordan Henderson (+125): Henderson is enjoying his finest season as a Red. In some ways, this would be a lifetime achievement award for a player who was unfairly pounded on by the media and fans for years. If Liverpool go on to beat Manchester City’s point record and no player from the squad ends up winning the Golden Boot or Assist title, Hendo is a logical choice. He carries all of the media momentum as of now.
- Sadio Mane (+250): Mane is receiving the “best of the front 3” buzz this year. But is it totally deserved? Yes, he’s Liverpool’s statistical best player by a slim margin as of today. However, he trails teammate Mo Salah in G+A (22 to 24) as of this writing. Mane would need a goal explosion to jump past Hendo.
- Kevin de Bruyne (+450): When City won the Premier League with a record 100 points…Mo Salah took PFA honors. Why? Because he had a record-setting year, breaking the EPL record for goals. KdB is considered by many as the best overall player in the Premier League this season. He already has double-digit goals (10) and assists (16). If he were to break Thierry Henry’s assist record of 20, and Liverpool fall short of beating City’s points record, the Belgium would make a strong case for PFA honors.
- Mo Salah (+2000): Easily the best value on the board. The Egyptian King has 17 goals, two off the leader Jamie Vardy. If Mo goes on a tear in the final seven games and wins a third consecutive Golden Boot, he’d be hard to deny. At +2000, this is likely the best price you’ll see on Salah for the remainder of the season.
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