Rio Ferdinand names Sadio Mane among 4 EPL players who deserve Player of the Year Award

Rio Ferdinand names Sadio Mane among 4 EPL players who deserve Player of the Year Award

- Rio Ferdinand has overlooked Virgil van Dijk for this season's Player of the Year Award

- The Dutchman, who won the accolade last season has been in perfect shape for Liverpool

- But Ferdinand feels two of his Liverpool teammates including Mane deserve the recognition

Man United hero Rio Ferdinand believes Sadio Mane should be among Premier League players who will gunning for the Player of the Year award.

Ferdinand, however, snubbed Virgil van Dijk in his four-man shortlist of players who deserve the prestigious gong.

Whereas the former United defender contends Van Dijk has established himself as one of the world's best centre-backs, he still thinks he should not cart home the prize.

"He’d get my vote for best defender, best centre-half, but he wouldn’t get my vote for Player of the Year. I think there’s a few other people probably vying for that accolade," Ferdinand declared according to Metro UK.

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Instead, the Englishman has his team-mate Jordan Henderson in his shortlist alongside Man City's Kevin De Bruyne and Leicester hitman Jamie Vardy.

"I think Jordan Henderson has been very good. I think Mane has been my favourite player when I watch Liverpool if I’m honest," he said.

"Vardy’s been good, scoring those goals. Kevin De Bruyne – when you watch him he just purrs. So there’s a few names there," the United legend added.

All the four have been contributed massively to their respective clubs this season, with Vardy playing an integral part in guiding Leicester to third on the league charts.

The striker is among the contenders for this season's Golden Boot as he is currently topping the charts with 17 goals, one ahead of Sergio Aguero.

On their part, Henderson and Mane have played a part in Liverpool's terrific campaign, with the Reds set to clinch the EPL title for the first time in close to 30 years.

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Meanwhile, De Bruyne is leading the assits' list having been directly been involved in 14 of City's goals this season.

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