Hazard tipped for top PFA award
Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has backed Chelsea star Eden Hazard to be named player of the year at the Professional Footballers' Association awards night on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Belgian has been in sparkling form for Jose Mourinho's side, with his 13 goals and eight assists helping the Blues into a commanding position at the top of the Premier League table with six games to go.
Hazard is nominated for the top prize alongside team-mate Diego Costa, Manchester United's David De Gea, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.
But, ahead of the 42nd PFA awards presentation on April 26, Dalglish, who landed the award for the 1982/83 season, has backed Hazard's claim.
"Eden Hazard is not the only option when it comes to who should be crowned PFA player of the year on Sunday, as Jose Mourinho suggested. But he is the best option of a very good bunch," Dalglish said in the Daily Mirror.
"The six are all very credible candidates and I wouldn't like to undermine the other five... They all had a shout.
"But at the time the voting is done, around January, February, the favourites would be players who were flying for their club.
"Chelsea were certainly flying at that time, especially Hazard and Costa. And, for me, the team that has done the best must have the best players as that moment in time."
Hazard, who won the young player accolade last year, is once again nominated for that award, along with Coutinho, Kane, De Gea, Thibaut Courtois and Raheem Sterling.
Lucy Bronze, who picked up the PFA women's award last year, is once again among the nominees this year alongside Eni Aluko, Jess Clarke, Karen Carney, Kelly Smith and Ji So-yun.
The ceremony will also see a PFA women's young player of the year announced, a PFA merit award, and the unveiling of the PFA divisional teams of the year.
PFA Player of the Year award nominees: Diego Costa, David De Gea, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez.
PFA Young Player of the Year award nominees: Thibaut Courtois, Philippe Coutinho, David De Gea, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling.
PFA Women's Player of the Year award nominees: Eni Aluko, Lucy Bronze, Jess Clarke, Karen Carney, Kelly Smith, Ji So-yun.
PFA Women's Young Player of the Year award nominees: Freda Ayisi, Hannah Blundell, Aoife Mannion, Nikita Parris, Amy Turner, Leah Williamson.