Later News Sep 09

After missing out on EPL title, Kevin De Bruyne consoles himself with PFA Player of the Year award

Liverpool might have won a historic English Premier League (EPL) title last season in swashbuckling fashion, but none of their players were deemed good enough to win the PFA Player of the Year (POTY) award.


Instead, the honour went to Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, who, for all the good he did last season, was only able to win the League Cup – a competition so insignificant that Liverpool actively tried to crash out of it early by fielding players whose voices probably hadn’t even broken yet.


Trophies aside, however, De Bruyne certainly enjoyed a fantastic campaign, recording an incredible 13 goals and 20 assists in the EPL.


WATCH: De Bruyne's best goals in 2019


And it was those individual statistics that helped the 29-year-old beat the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Jordan Henderson to the POTY award.


De Bruyne is the first City player to ever win the award – which is a tad strange, considering that the Manchester club has had far more successful seasons previously, including their record-breaking 2017/2018 campaign. 


Coupled with the fact that it was Van Dijk who won the previous POTY award – in a season which saw Liverpool fail to land the EPL title – we are starting to suspect that the honour is perhaps nothing more than a glorified consolation prize.


Nonetheless, De Bruyne said he was pleased to receive the award, and credited manager Pep Guardiola for helping him grow as a player.


WATCH: De Bruyne reacts to winning PFA Player of the Year award


De Bruyne said: "This is a big honour, to be voted by your colleagues, competitors from other teams who you always play against on the field. That they vote for you for best player, it's amazing.


“Pep and I speak often about the team…he knows that when he gives the orders of what the team has to do that I will listen. But, on the other side he gives me a lot of freedom; I don't know why, that's just the way it goes between us.


“He knows in one way I will always put the team first and then obviously if I can help myself, I'm going to do that.”


Despite losing out to De Bruyne, Liverpool stars Henderson and Van Dijk both graciously extended their congratulations to the Belgian international. 


Liverpool did have a winner at the PFA awards though, with full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold being named the Young Player of the Year. Meanwhile, Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford received the PFA merit award following his successful campaign for school food vouchers to be provided to underprivileged children in Britain.


PFA Team of the Year:


Nick Pope (Burnley); Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson (all Liverpool), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City); Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva (both Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool); Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Sadio Mane (Liverpool)