Gerrard, Sturridge & Suarez nominated as Liverpool dominate PFA Player of the Year shortlist

The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 27 and Suarez is favourite to be crowned the top footballer in England following a blistering season

Three Liverpool players have been shortlisted for the Player of the Year award, formally announced by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) on Friday.

Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are joined by Yaya Toure, Eden Hazard and Adam Lallana on the list of six candidates who have been nominated by the players’ union.

The winner will be announced at the 41st PFA awards at Grosvenor House on Sunday, April 27.

Suarez is favourite for the award thanks to a blistering season which has helped propell Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table.

The Uruguayan has scored 29 goals in 29 league matches so far this season to help put the Reds on the brink of their first title since 1990, and would be the first South American to lift the award since its inception in 1974.

He represents Liverpool alongside Gerrard and Sturridge.

Gerrard has previously won the award in 2005-06, while Sturridge has also been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award and will be hopeful of emulating Gareth Bale, who won both gongs last season.

Toure, whose 18 league goals from midfield have been key for Manchester City this season, would be the first African player to be honoured by the PFA’s main honour.

Hazard has been named on the list two months after his manager at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, complained that the Belgian had never won a Player of the Month award, which is awarded by the Premier League.

The 24-year-old has often been the stand-out performer in the Blues’ attack this season, scoring 14 goals in 33 league matches. He, like Sturridge, has also been named on the Young Player of the Year shortlist.

Adam Lallana has also made the list following an outstanding season for Southampton, which has seen him thrust into the reckoning for Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup.

Last year, Bale, then at Tottenham, won both the PFA Footballer of the Year and PFA Young Footballer of the Year awards, as well as the Football Writers’ award.

PFA delegates delivered the ballot forms to the 92 Premier and Football League clubs in March, before all votes were counted by Beever & Struthers Chartered Accountants this week.

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