Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims the PFA Player of the Year award is “always for Liverpool ” as he said that he doesn’t expect Kevin De Bruyne to win the award.
De Bruyne will compete for the award against several players from Liverpool, including Jordan Henderson who won the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award on Friday morning.
In the last two years when it has been Manchester City who won the Premier League title, it was still players from Liverpool who won the PFA award.
Virgil van Dijk was the winner last campaign when Liverpool missed out to City in the league, and Mohamed Salah pipped Kevin De Bruyne to the award after his superb 2017/18 season in which he scored a total of 44 goals in all competitions.
However, De Bruyne has been in scintillating form this season, turning in remarkable individual displays, but Pep Guardiola still expects the award will go to a player from Liverpool.
“No, no, [it] will be won by a Liverpool player,” Pep Guardiola told BBC Radio Manchester.
“When we won the Premier Leagues, it was won by a Liverpool player.
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“When they win the Premier League, I’m pretty sure they are going to win the player of the season, this award is always for Liverpool.”
Jordan Henderson pipped Kevin De Bruyne to the Football Writers’ Premier League best player award on Tuesday morning despite facing tight opposition.
Marcus Rashford, Van Dijk and Mane were the other players in the top five of the list.