THE PFA Premier League Team of the Year has been announced – with runners-up Liverpool dominating the star-studded XI.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds fell agonizingly behind on a thrilling final day of the 2021/22 season, ultimately missing by a point – and by just minutes.
The Anfield side have played superbly all season – and their side have been rewarded with no less than SIX Stars make the best eleven of the campaign.
Alisson edged Ederson to a spot between sticks, while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane – who will leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich – form two-thirds of a star-studded front three.
Thiago was named at the heart of a midfield trio, while defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk also received the nod in the XI.
They join ex-Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger – who has now joined Real Madrid on a free transfer – and Joao Cancelo in the back four.
Man City duo Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva join Thiago in midfield.
And Cristiano Ronaldo jumps straight back into the PFA Premier League Team of the Year after his return to Manchester United in September.
Meanwhile, Salah also won the PFA Premier League Player of the Year award for a second year, while City and England’s Phil Foden won the Young Player of the Year gong for the second straight year.
Salah shared the golden boot with Son Heung-min – who shared the team missing with Harry Kane despite a stellar year – after scoring 23 goals last season.
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The Egyptian star is the only stars to have won the award more than once, along with Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kevin de Bruyne.
On his reward for a good season, Liverpool ace Salah said: “It’s a great honor to win a trophy, whether individually or collectively, and this one is so big, very happy and very proud of it.
“This one is really good to win, especially because it’s voted by the players.
“It shows you that you’ve worked really hard and you’re getting what you’ve worked for.
“I have my room with trophies in a closet and I’ve made sure I have another spot for another one.
“I always keep my distance and just try to imagine that the trophies will come.”
Salah added: “As you get older you feel more stable and you know exactly what you want from football so I’m just trying to really relax and help the team.
“That’s why I think I won the playmaker too, because it’s like you’re more aware of the game, so you just try to make the people next to you better and you try to make yourself better too. “
Meanwhile, Foden follows Ryan Giggs, Robbie Fowler, Wayne Rooney and Dele Alli in back-to-back PFA Premier League Young Player of the Year awards.
Commenting on his win, the attacking midfielder said: “I’m really honored to be honest, especially to win twice in a row. It shows that I’ve come a long way with the consistency of my game this year.
“I’m really happy to have won again.
“All the best players in the world have to show consistency and stay at the higher level and this year I just tried to do that and help my team as much as possible.
“I am very satisfied with my performances this year.
“Hopefully I can win the grand prize in the future, but it’s all about taking small steps and improving.
“I always love winning individual awards, it’s just nice to look at and see how far you’ve come, yeah I’m really happy.”
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