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Title rivals have three stars apiece in mix for Player of Season award


By Robert Jones

Manchester City and Liverpool dominate the shortlist for the Premier League's Player of the Season award with Chelsea's Eden Hazard the only man on the seven-strong list not to play for either of the title challengers.

City and Liverpool, who go into Sunday's final round of fixtures separated by one point at the top, have three representatives each on the list.

The reigning champions and current leaders have Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling all nominated, with Liverpool's Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah also in contention.

Salah, who won the award last year, did not make the six-strong shortlist of the PFA's Player of the Season award last month.

The award will be determined by the combination of an online poll of fans, the views of an expert panel, and the captains of the 20 Premier League clubs, with the winner due to be announced later this week.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp headline the four-man shortlist for Premier League Manager of the Season.

The respective City and Liverpool bosses are on the list along with Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino and Wolves' Nuno Espirito Santo.

Guardiola is looking to become only the third manager to retain the title in the Premier League era.

The final winner will be determined by a combination of a fans' vote, open until 6pm on Thursday, and the views of an experts panel.

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