After singing the praise of PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp stated that he has ‘exactly the same pride’ for Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Van Dijk beat his teammate Mane, Manchester City trio Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero, and Chelsea star Eden Hazard to see the accolade retained on the Merseyside, after Mohamed Salah’s triumph last year.
Mane - whose 20 goals have been crucial to the Reds’ drive towards the Premier League title - made up for the disappointment of not winning the much-coveted individual prize with a spot in the PFA Team of the Year.
And joining him was winner Van Dijk, left-back Robertson and right-back Alexander-Arnold; a feat that warms Klopp’s heart.
“I have exactly the same pride for Sadio, Robbo and Trent because we all know in the moment we have a pretty special group of players here together,” said Klopp in a video message played at the PFA Awards ceremony in London.
“That all gave you the opportunity to play the season you played. You deserve the award, no doubt about that, but I think you agree there could have been three, four, five, six more players in the Team of the Year with a Liverpool shirt on.
“But because City play a good season as well, it’s OK that a few of them are in the team!”