PFA Premier League Team of the Year: Liverpool and Man City dominate as Ronaldo joins Salah and Mane in attack

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The 2021-22 Premier League campaign proved another memorable one, with Manchester City pipping Liverpool to the title by a solitary point while Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min shared Golden Boot honours.

Those exploits have not been enough to earn the South Korean forward a spot in the PFA Team of the Year, with only two men not from Liverpool or Man City making the XI.

Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is one of those from outside of Anfield or Etihad Stadium to get the nod, after showing no sign of slowing down during his first season back at Manchester United, while Real Madrid new boy Antonio Rudiger also impressed at Chelsea.

GOAL is on hand to walk you through a team which includes representatives from nine different nations, with Portugal topping that chart with three players.

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    Goalkeeper | Alisson | Liverpool

    The Brazil international shared the Golden Glove award with fellow countryman Ederson in 2021-22, but it is the Liverpool man that earns the right to fill a No.1 jersey for the PFA selection.

    Alisson kept 20 clean sheets for the Reds and remains a model of consistency for Jurgen Klopp’s side in a vital area of the field.

  • Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool 2021-22Getty Images

    Right-back | Trent Alexander-Arnold | Liverpool

    Questions may have been asked of his defensive qualities at times, but Alexander-Arnold remains a poster boy for modern day full-backs and starred again for Liverpool in their quadruple quest.

    Chipped in with two Premier League goals in 2021-22, but it was the 12 assists that he provided in English top-flight competition that continue to separate him from other occupants of a right-back berth.

  • Virgil van Dijk Liverpool 2021-22Getty Images

    Centre-back | Virgil van Dijk | Liverpool

    For many, the Dutchman remains the finest centre-half in world football, with that big billing being reinforced by his presence in a third PFA Team of the Year.

    Van Dijk was a defensive rock for Liverpool as they fell agonisingly short in another title tussle, with an impressive partnership struck up with Joel Matip at the heart of the Reds’ back four.

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    Centre-back | Antonio Rudiger | Chelsea

    Rudiger will be a tough man to replace for Chelsea after taking the decision to leave Stamford Bridge as a free agent and open up a new challenge in Spain with La Liga giants Real Madrid.

    The German centre-half was a leader on and off the field for the Blues, with his personality set to leave a void as big as his talent in west London.

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    Left-back | Joao Cancelo | Manchester City

    The Portugal international could have made the grade in any number of positions, with his versatility continuing to be put to good use by Pep Guardiola.

    While he may not have matched the numbers of Alexander-Arnold, Cancelo managed one goal and seven assists for Manchester City as they collected a fourth Premier League title in the space of five memorable years.

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    Midfielder | Kevin De Bruyne | Manchester City

    A two-time, back-to-back PFA Player of the Year and a man that continues to lead by example at Manchester City.

    The Belgian midfield maestro was at his unplayable best on a regular basis throughout the 2021-22 campaign, contributing 15 goals – including efforts against Manchester United and Liverpool – alongside eight assists to a title-winning cause.

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    Midfielder | Thiago | Liverpool

    After enduring a difficult debut campaign at Anfield, with illness and injury holding him back at times, Thiago showcased his true ability in 2021-22.

    The Spain international moves the ball with apparently effortless ease, with his presence in Liverpool’s engine room allowing them to keep surging through the gears.

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    Midfielder | Bernardo Silva | Manchester City

    The Portuguese playmaker came close to leaving Manchester City before a ball was kicked in anger, but quickly set about proving that he deserved a regular role under Pep Guardiola.

    Silva added eight goals and four assists to his Premier League collection in 2021-22, with his fine form meaning that some big-money team-mates had to settle for support roles.

  • Sadio Mane react Liverpool 2021-22Getty Images

    Forward | Sadio Mane | Liverpool

    Mane’s sixth season at Liverpool may prove to be his last, as he sees a summer move to Bayern Munich speculated on, but he will walk away with plenty of happy memories if that is to be the case.

    The Senegalese forward caught the eye on the flanks and down the middle at Anfield in 2021-22, with a 23-goal haul across all competitions including 16 efforts in the Premier League.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo Manchester United 2021-22Getty Images

    Forward | Cristiano Ronaldo | Manchester United

    An all-time great made an emotional return to Manchester United in the summer of 2021 and had hoped to bring a barren run on the silverware front to a close after rejoining the ranks at Old Trafford.

    Inconsistency from the Red Devils as a collective made that quest impossible, but 37-year-old Ronaldo was able to maintain stunning personal standards as he hit 18 Premier League goals – with that haul including two hat-tricks.

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    Forward | Mohamed Salah | Liverpool

    It remains to be seen how long Salah will be sticking around at Liverpool, as he works on a contract to 2023, but the Egyptian king continues to reign supreme at Anfield for now.

    The 2021-22 campaign delivered another 31 goals across all competitions for Salah, with a Golden Boot-winning return of 23 in the Premier League seeing him pass 100 total efforts in the English top-flight.