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Plus, obviously Raheem Sterling has been superb. Amy Lawrence: Sterling and Van Dijk stood out from an impressive crowd by demonstrating immense talent with an inspiring personality. Only a fool would not applaud how Sterling has grown so much in all-round influence this season. Sachin Nakrani: Sterling. Could have easily given this award to Virgil van Dijk but Sterling gets it for not only being excellent on the pitch for Manchester City, but off it too with his important stands against racism. Barney Ronay: Sterling. Best of all made everyone — even those not used to doing it — think a little.
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Rob Smyth: Andy Robertson. An elemental force whose ascent from Hull to a World XI gives hope to drifters everywhere. For all his infectious and uniquely Scottish zest for sporting confrontation, he is cold and clinical in the final third. Danny Taylor: Trent Alexander-Arnold. Louise Taylor: Eden Hazard. He possesses not just the vision and technique others lack, but the bravery to normalise the audacious.
Andy Robertson pushed those two close though; he has been brilliant at left-back. NA: We are spoiled as never before. For a left-field shout, Sean Dyche restoring Burnley to their indomitable old ways was a fantastic achievement. SB: With no real insurgent minnow this year, it has to be one of the ludicrously amazing top two. The difference between Southampton before and after his arrival was astonishing — and damning on his predecessors.
DF: Klopp. The title may just have eluded him, but Liverpool lost only once all season and the chasm to Manchester City closed from 25 points to just one. BF: Pep Guardiola is still the champ. But to steer Tottenham into the top four and a Champions League final in the manner Mauricio Pochettino has done also deserves acclaim, while Maurizio Sarri has done a better job at Chelsea than has been painted.
Facebook: like our football and sport pages. Instagram: our favourite photos, films and stories. YouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels. BG: Guardiola, for consistently taking great players and making them even better. AH : Guardiola. Back-to-back league titles, the second one achieved with a game winning streak, and the possibility of a historic domestic treble.
It serves as a reminder that, when it comes to winners, the Manchester City manager has no peers in the Premier League. DH: Guardiola, because he has led Manchester City to the brink of a domestic clean sweep. His genius even extends to getting away with wearing that sweater. SJ: Guardiola. JJ: Pep Guardiola. His pursuit of excellence is a privilege to watch up close, and next season it will be fascinating to see just what he makes his team produce. AL: Klopp.
The continuing rise in standards he has engineered, the love and respect that comes so naturally from his players, the brilliant charisma. He and his work just shines on. SN: Klopp. Took on the financial might of Manchester City and almost won. BR: Mauricio Pochettino. Took a small, tired squad to fourth place. Improved his players. Created Moussa Sissoko 2. RS: Klopp.
Pound for pound, nobody got more from their squad than he does. He deserves better than to be a serial runner-up. DT: Nuno.
Phil Neville was silly to describe Wolves as the best promoted side the Premier League had ever seen — ignoring the third-placed finishes of Newcastle and Forest — but seventh is still a fine performance. LT: Mauricio Pochettino. Also, Spurs play attractive football and Pochettino is ever ready to give young British players a chance. Under a lesser coach, Newcastle would surely have been relegated. That shot was the truth. It has been playing on a permanent loop in my house ever since.
A sumptuous first-time strike from the edge of the box, destined for the top corner from the moment it left his boot.
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Daniel Sturridge deserves a mention for taking things into his own hands after stepping off the bench at Stamford Bridge. AH: Kompany v Leicester. SJ: Townsend against Manchester City. Not even a debate about it. Townsend showed incredible technique to connect with that dropping ball so sweetly, his body position and timing absolutely perfect.
The gasps from the home crowd said it all. JJ: Kompany v Leicester. AL: Sorely tempted by Aaron Ramsey at Fulham as the team goal, or Townsend as the solo strike, but Vincent Kompany, for the moment of salvation and dramatic importance, edges it. For obvious reasons. And because it was so un-City Pep will probably fine him now. RS: Hazard v West Ham. Many great goals could conceivably be fluked on Hackney Marshes.
DT: Kompany. The captain, 25 yards out, with various teammates shouting for him not to shoot. LT: Has to be Kompany. Not just a wonder goal, but imbued with immense title race significance. Those who implored him to pass will surely never be allowed to forget it. EA: Liverpool Tottenham. NA: It did not feel like a season of classics but, looking back, the margins on which Manchester City v Liverpool were contested proved utterly crucial.
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At the time it felt like a wild, knife-edge kind of night, as City clawed their way back into the title race. It was a worthy, achingly tense shoot-out between the two best sides. The only time the champions dropped points at home, and a game illuminated by that stunning volley from Townsend. BF: Wolves Leicester. A preposterous game in which both teams forgot how to defend, culminating in five second-half goals and Nuno being sent off after running on to the pitch to join a celebratory pile-on.
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AH: Manchester City Liverpool. DH: City Liverpool. For the nerve-shredding tension, the SJ: City Liverpool. Incredible intensity — off the scale when compared with other Premier League games. JJ: Manchester City Chelsea. Did this really happen this season? On TV, so many thrilling Liverpool games and crazed late wins to choose from, but the City v Liverpool title cruncher was something else — a season-defining example of high-tempo intensity. SN: Arsenal Tottenham. Six goals, one sending-off and a touchline ruck made this a north London derby to remember.
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RS: Man City Liverpool. European quality at British speed, a game of stratospheric class and importance, fine margins and controversy. DT: Maybe this was what the season lacked: an absolute classic. I will go for Manchester City Liverpool but the Champions League has provided the better games by some distance. LT: Newcastle Liverpool. Few could have expected that he had 13 Premier League goals in him, but Nuno and his backers have barely missed a beat in the last two years and the Mexico international proved another inspired choice.
The year-old winger hit the ground running, thriving on the biggest stage after only a handful of starts with Sheffield United.
BG: Brooks was outstanding in an up-and-down season for Bournemouth. Ten months on, the rest of us have seen it too. AH: Alisson. Klopp was genuinely bouncing with excitement after a pre-season friendly at Blackburn in July as Liverpool had just sealed the signing of his only choice to replace Loris Karius. A club-record 21 clean sheets in the Premier League and several match-defining saves justified the excitement. Lovely balance, and always looking to open up opposing teams. SJ: Moutinho.
He famously turned up without any laces in his boots on his first day at training. JJ: Maddison. The Leicester No 10 is only 22 but plays with a maturity and intelligence that suggests he may soon be blooded for England. View basket Checkout. From Prison to the Premiership Hardback. Not registered? Forgotten password Please enter your email address below and we'll send you a link to reset your password. Not you? Forgotten password? Forgotten password Use the form below to recover your username and password. New details will be emailed to you.
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