Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and Liverpool's defender Virgil van Dijk Not surprisingly, the six-man selection list was honored for this year's Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award.

Center-back Van Dijk joins Red's team-mates Sadio Mane on the list, while England striker Sterling is included alongside other City players Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva.

Chelsea is Eden hazard completes the nominees for the campaign 2018-1919. The winner will be announced on Sunday, April 28, at the PFA's annual London awards ceremony.

It may come as no surprise that Liverpool and Man City share five of the six nominees, claiming to be one of the most exciting title fights in the history of the Premier League.

Raheem Sterling from Manchester City

The main difference between last season's Liverpool entertainers and this year's contenders is in the rear, where Van Dijk impressed.

The Dutch defender was an outstanding performer for Jurgen Klopp's title hunters and is the bookmaker's favorite for winning the coveted trophy.

Liverpool is pursuing domestic fame and Van Dijk helped Liverpool to concede 18 goals and concede only 20 goals.

But Sterling was equally impressive for Manchester City and enjoyed a stunning season as Pep Guardiola's sidelobe is a memorable climax.

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk makes the cut

The English superstar has contributed 17 goals and nine assists for the weekend. City, who have already won the League Cup and are in search of their best crown.

The battle between Liverpool and Manchester City reverberates last season when Mohamed Salah won the individual prize for Kevin De Bruyne, although City won the Premier League title.

De Bruyne and Salah did not win this year, although both played crucial roles for their respective teams. Both clubs had other representatives.

Sergio Agüero (right) and Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) are also on the shortlist

The international Senegal-Mane, who was included in front of last year's winner Salah, had an impressive season for Klopp's side and scored 18 league goals while the Anfield club attempted to end a 29-year wait as champions.

The city pair Aguero and Silva was next to Sterling also an integral part of the best attack of the division.

Aguero, the city's record scorer, scored 19 of the club's 86 goals and provided seven assists, while Portugal's Silva, which has been gaining momentum at Etihad, has scored six goals and seven assists.

Hazard completes the list after Chelsea have performed prominently despite their volatile performances in the debut season of Maurizio Sarri.

Eden Hazard of Chelsea, winner of the 2015 award, is aiming for victory this year

The Belgian, the only candidate to have previously won the award (2015), was directly involved in more top matches than any other player this season. He scored 16 goals and set 12 for Maurizio Sarris Blues.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old city duo Sterling and Silva are on the shortlist for the Young Player of the Year.

They will be assisted in this category by Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, Bournemouth winger David Brooks and Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.

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