Kevin De Bruyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold were the unsurprising recipients of the coveted Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) awards on Tuesday after truly sensational campaigns.

Manchester City star De Bruyne took home the main award as the PFA's Player of the Year, while Alexander-Arnold – a mainstay for champions Liverpool – claimed the Young Player of the Year award.

While Alexander-Arnold was in the running for both gongs, the main prize generally looked likely to be between De Bruyne and Jordan Henderson, Liverpool's captain and winner of the Football Writers' Association's (FWA) Football of the Year award.

Although De Bruyne and City finished 18 points adrift of Liverpool in the table, the Belgian's individual efforts were remarkable, while Alexander-Arnold – for a second successive season – staked his claim to be regarded the best right-back in world football.

To understand just how effective they were, we used Opta data to look back at their respective seasons.

KEVIN DE BRUYNE – PFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR

In many ways, 2019-20 will have been somewhat bittersweet for De Bruyne. An injury-hit 2018-19 saw him miss out on a large chunk of City's Premier League title triumph, but he could not help them retain their crown despite marking himself out as a standard-bearer for the league.

De Bruyne's injuries in 2018-19 contributed to him getting just four goal involvements in 19 Premier League matches. It would not be unfair to suggest there were some people watching to see if he could re-find his best form again afterwards.

But with 13 goals and 20 assists, a joint Premier League record with Thierry Henry, he emphatically proved his class is permanent.

De Bruyne was by far the most creative player in the league, laying on 136 chances for team-mates, 45 more than his nearest challenger, Jack Grealish.

On average, he produced 4.4 key passes per match, with 3.4 coming from open play. His passing accuracy may have dropped from 83.7 per cent to 81.5, but the fact he created more chances every 90 minutes suggests the types of pass he was generally making in 2019-20 were trickier to pull off.

His 104 chances created in open play is the highest figure of any player in Europe's top five leagues since at least 2006-07, highlighting just how devastating De Bruyne was.

While the Belgium star is obviously a threat wherever he has the ball in the final third, he's seemingly at his most deadly when operating towards the right, as evidenced by open play passes mapping.

 

De Bruyne's technique makes his crossing ability appear virtually unparalleled, with his braces of assists at home to Tottenham and Watford early in the season prime examples.

But it's arguable he doesn't get enough credit for his goal-scoring ability, such is the emphasis on his passing and crossing.

With 13 goals from 99 shots, 3.2 per 90 minutes, De Bruyne converted 18.6 per cent of his chances – only four midfielder who tried more than 50 attempts had greater accuracy, though they all tested their luck significantly less frequently.

After Pep Guardiola's endured repeated problems with penalties, De Bruyne also emerged as their first choice from the spot. Four from four in all competitions since February looks like a case of problem solved.

City's talisman took it up a notch in 2019-20, proving he's the ultimate attacking midfielder.

 

TRENT ALEXANDER-ARNOLD - PFA YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR

From the ultimate attacking midfielder to the ultimate right-back? There are certainly many who believe Alexander-Arnold to be just that.

The 21-year-old became the first Liverpool player to win the PFA's award for the best young player since Steven Gerrard in 2001, and it's easy to see why.

He may not have the dazzling footwork of a prime Dani Alves, but he definitely appears to have similar creative instincts.

After De Bruyne and Grealish, Alexander-Arnold's 87 key passes was the third-highest in the Premier League and a massive 39 increase on his record from 2018-19.

Curiously, Alexander Arnold only laid on one more assist than the 12 he managed the year before despite almost doubling his creative output – though that can perhaps be partly explained by Liverpool's conversion rate dropping slightly in 2019-20 (from 20.51 per cent to 19.86).

Also, Alexander Arnold became a regular set-piece taker in 2019-20, with his seven assists from such situations second only to Christopher Trimmel in Europe's top five leagues.

Either way, Alexander-Arnold was producing the goods, his chances created per 90 minutes increasing to 2.5 from 1.8, while passes/crosses into the box went from 9.6 in 2018-19 to 14.4 last term – that's even more than De Bruyne.

 

One might interpret the fact his tackling frequency dropped to 1.6 per game from 2.2 as a consequence of his greater responsibility in attack, but at the end of the day, Liverpool's record of 33 goals conceded was the best in a competition they won at a canter.

So, while there are those who insist a defender's "first job is to defend", Alexander-Arnold highlights that, in a team challenging for the title, it's certainly arguable that a full-back's attacking output is as – if not more – important.

Alexander-Arnold, having set a new record for assists by a defender in each of the past two seasons, is setting a standard rarely - if ever - seen before among full-backs in the Premier League, and he's only 21.

 

Kevin De Bruyne could not wait to leave the Belgium bubble after their Nations League thrashing of Iceland so he could be reunited with his family and newborn daughter.

Manchester City playmaker De Bruyne, who was named PFA Player of the Year earlier on Tuesday, helped Belgium to a 5-1 victory in which Michy Batshuayi scored twice.

De Bruyne missed Saturday's 2-0 win against Denmark to be at the birth of Suri, his third child with wife Michele.

De Bruyne was back on duty for his country as they made it six points from two games in Group A2, helping Belgium recover from shipping an early goal to Holmbert Fridjonsson.

Man of the match Batshuayi's double and goals from Axel Witsel, Dries Mertens and 18-year-old Jeremy Doku allowed Belgium to cruise to an ultimately impressive win behind closed doors in Brussels.

"It was a great night for us. I am happy to be back on the pitch," De Bruyne said, quoted on UEFA.com.

"I don't think my newborn daughter will have seen the game tonight, but I can't wait to be back with her and my wife and kids."

Speaking to Belgian broadcaster RTBF, De Bruyne said Belgium were given problems by the team that lost 1-0 to England on Saturday.

"Iceland played with a compact block. It was complicated to find the solution at the start of the match," he said.

"But that did not surprise me given the match this team played against England.

"It's good to win two matches in these conditions because not everyone has participated in the same number of training sessions before joining the squad. I think we played well at times."

Toby Alderweireld completed a century of Belgium appearances in a largely empty King Baudouin Stadium.

"A 100th game without an audience, it's a shame," said the Tottenham defender. "I would have liked my family to be there, but I'm happy to have reached this bar."

Iceland head coach Erik Hamren, quoted by UEFA.com, said: "We need to face the fact that they are a better team than us. We had neither the energy nor strength to defend for each other throughout the game."

And while his Belgium counterpart Roberto Martinez admitted the visitors made life "complicated" early on, the Spaniard added: "After this delicate moment, we managed to find a way to hurt them."

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has won the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award for 2019-20.

City ceded the Premier League title to Liverpool as they finished 18 points behind Jurgen Klopp's champions, in second place, but De Bruyne enjoyed a magnificent individual campaign.

The Belgium international scored 16 goals and provided 23 assists in all competitions, equalling Thierry Henry's record of 20 assists in a single Premier League season.

De Bruyne saw off competition from team-mate Raheem Sterling, along with the Liverpool quartet of Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

England right-back Alexander-Arnold received the PFA Young Player of the Year honour.

De Bruyne, who is the first City player to win the coveted top prize, said: “It’s a huge honour. To be voted for by your colleagues and competitors from other teams who you play against and they vote for you for best player is amazing.

"It's strange that I'm the first one at City given all the good players that have played here before and who are still playing here, but it's nice to represent the club.

"I think it is [the ultimate honour] because you compete against them, they want to win the trophies, they want to be the best. When they vote for you, and it’s everyone who is voting not just a few players, that means you’ve done really well during the season."

De Bruyne's City boss Pep Guardiola added: "To win this award is an outstanding achievement, and Kevin is so deserving of it.

"To be recognised by other players is the most that any footballer can ask for, because they understand not only what it is to compete against you, but also the level of commitment it takes to play at the very top.

"There have been many great players in this club’s history, especially over the last decade working with Roberto [Mancini], Manuel [Pellegrini] and myself. We have won many titles, but Kevin is the first to receive this prestigious award. This recognition is also a tribute to all the fantastic players who have come before him.

"We are so proud of Kevin and this will only strengthen what he means to this club and our fans. From all the players, coaches and staff at Manchester City, I would like to congratulate him."

De Bruyne features in the PFA Team of the Year, alongside his four fellow nominees from Liverpool and ex-City team-mate David Silva, who brought down the curtain on 10 decorated years at the Etihad Stadium last season.

Andy Robertson completes a Liverpool quintet, with Burnley's Nick Pope selected as goalkeeper and Caglar Soyuncu joining Van Dijk at centre-back.

Soyuncu's Leicester City colleague and Premier League Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy lines up in the front three with Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

 

PFA Team of the Year: Nick Pope (Burnley); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Caglar Soyuncu (Leicester City), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Andy Robertson Liverpool); Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), David Silva (Manchester City, now at Real Sociedad); Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has joined up with Belgium's squad ahead of their Nations League clash with Iceland on Tuesday.

De Bruyne was absent from as the Red Devils started their Nations League Group A2 campaign with a 2-0 win over Denmark.

The 29-year-old had been granted leave to be with his wife Michele for the birth of their third child.

However, coach Roberto Martinez will have the playmaker available when Belgium face Iceland in Brussels.

Michy Batshuayi, meanwhile, has also joined the group after the Chelsea forward isolated for 14 days due to the possibility that he may have contracted coronavirus.

One player Belgium will be without on Tuesday is Yannick Carrasco, who has left the squad.

Virgil van Dijk faces competition from three Liverpool team-mates and two rivals from Manchester City to retain his PFA Players' Player of the Year award.

Netherlands centre-back Van Dijk was the first defender to win the honour since John Terry in 2005 when he got the nod last year.

And this time around he is up against some familiar faces, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane also included after Liverpool's dominant Premier League campaign.

City, who finished a distant second as the Reds ended their 30-year title drought, have two representatives in the shape of Kevin De Bruyne and former Anfield star Raheem Sterling.

Alexander-Arnold is also in the Young Player of the Year Category, a list which contains Manchester United duo Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, and Arsenal's Bukayo Saka.

In the women's game it is Chelsea who dominate the Player of the Year nominees, with Beth England, Sophie Ingle, Guro Reiten and Ji So-yun nominated along with Kim Little and holder Vivianne Miedema, both of Arsenal.

And for the women's Young Player of the Year there is a distinctly more northern feel to the shortlist, which consists of Man City quartet Lauren Hemp, Chloe Kelly, Georgia Stanway and Ellie Roebuck, United's Lauren James and Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert.

Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne led the tributes as David Silva brought his trophy-laden spell at Manchester City to an end.

Having signed a short-term contract extension amid the coronavirus crisis to keep him at City until the end of the campaign, Silva finally ended his 10-year stint at Etihad Stadium following the club's defeat to Lyon in the Champions League on Saturday.

It was ultimately a disappointing end for the 34-year-old, who joined City from LaLiga club Valencia in 2010 and went on to win four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the EFL Cup on five occasions.

On Monday, City revealed plans to immortalise Silva in statue form, while the World Cup-winning midfielder will also have a bespoke mosaic dedicated to him, reflecting his contribution to the 6-1 defeat of Manchester United in 2011.

Former team-mate Aguero, who joined City a year after Silva, paid tribute to the playmaker on Twitter.

"We learned a lot from you. Everyday," Aguero tweeted. "You made Man City bigger and you made us better. It was an honour to have shared all these years with you and with so many achievements. We will miss you. All the best in what comes. Eternally thank you."

In their nine years together, Silva and Aguero combined for more goals than any other partnership in Premier League history bar Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.

"We play really close to each other and Kun is the one who needs to score goals because he is the striker," Silva told City's official website in a wide-ranging interview released on Monday.

"I am only there to help him and create the chances for him to score goals and in this case I am happy because I think I helped him.

"The stats are there, I gave him lots of assists and to be fair he makes it very easy because he knows how to find the spaces and he is clinical in front of goal.

"Yes, of course [he is one of the best strikers in the world]. He has been playing at a very high level for so many years, scoring lots of goals, which is very hard to achieve."

As Silva has become a more irregular feature in City's starting XI, his fellow midfielder De Bruyne has gone from strength to strength, and the Belgium playmaker also used social media to pay tribute to the Spain international.

"Sad to see this man leave the club after an incredible 10 years," De Bruyne posted on Instagram. "It was an honour to play with and wish you all the best in the future my friend."

Meanwhile, Silva – who has been linked with Lazio – is satisfied with everything he has achieved at City.

"We converted City into a winning club and this is a good thing despite the higher demands," he said.

"This is something good and our fans deserve it after all the years without winning silverware.

"At the end what matters are the collective awards because this is a team effort. I am happy enough with the people who enjoy watching me play football every week – fans, team-mates, people I work with. Having their appreciation is enough."

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has been crowned the Premier League Player of the Season for 2019-20.

The Belgium international was awarded the prize following a vote by fans, club captains from England's top flight and a panel of experts.

De Bruyne beat competition from three Liverpool players – Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane – as well as Danny Ings, Nick Pope and Jamie Vardy.

The 29-year-old was City's standout player as they finished second to Liverpool in the title race, scoring 13 goals and registering 20 assists, which equalled Thierry Henry's record for a single season set back in 2002-03.

His victory denies Liverpool a clean sweep of the top Premier League prizes, with Alexander-Arnold having won the Young Player of the Season award and Jurgen Klopp having been named Manager of the Season.

The midfielder is the third Belgian to claim the honour after former team-mate Vincent Kompany in 2011-12 and ex-Chelsea star Eden Hazard in 2014-15.

Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City "need to learn" as their repeated Champions League failures are "not good enough".

City were favourites for this season's competition heading to the quarter-finals in Lisbon, yet they were stunned by Lyon on Saturday, crashing out with a 3-1 defeat.

It is the third consecutive campaign in which Pep Guardiola's side have been beaten in the last eight after a humbling at the hands of Liverpool and then a dramatic loss to Tottenham, both of whom would subsequently reach the final.

De Bruyne equalised for City after Maxwel Cornet's first-half opener, but a Moussa Dembele brace - the first contentious, the second courtesy of an Ederson error - saw Lyon through.

City's talismanic midfielder told BT Sport afterwards: "We need to learn. It's not good enough. That's it."

He added: "It's a different year, same stuff. I think the first half wasn't good enough, I think we know that.

"We started slow. We had not many options, but I think second half we played really well.

"We come back to 1-1, missed a couple of chances and then, obviously, the 2-1, the 3-1 ends the game. It's a shame for us to go out in that way."

Raheem Sterling had a glaring miss at 2-1 that would have brought City level again and De Bruyne acknowledged big matches turn on such moments.

"Even at 2-1, if Raz scores the goal, it's 2-2 and the game goes on," he said. "That's football, those fine margins, they make the difference. It's 3-1 and it's all over."

There was controversy surrounding Dembele's first, as Karl Toko Ekambi was offside and let the ball through his legs, while Aymeric Laporte claimed to have been fouled.

But De Bruyne did not look for excuses, saying: "I have no idea, I've not seen it back. Whatever they decide, they decide.

"I'm not going to blame that. I think we should have done better. I'd have to look back to see whatever it was."

Liverpool dominate the nominations for the Premier League Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season and Manager of the Season awards for 2019-20.

Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year Jordan Henderson, along with team-mates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane, are up for the league's Player of the Season prize.

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy, Southampton striker Danny Ings and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope are the other nominees.

Alexander-Arnold is also up for the inaugural Young Player of the Season, as are Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Chelsea duo Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.

There are four Manchester United players on the shortlist: Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Dean Henderson, who is on loan at Sheffield United.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp leads the nominees for the Manager of the Season prize, with Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers and Sheffield United's Chris Wilder also selected.

Frank Lampard, who took Chelsea to a fourth-place finish and lost the FA Cup final to Arsenal, is the other nominee.

Each award will be decided through a combination of fan votes and input from a panel of experts.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named the Player of the Season in 2018-19, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has won the manager's accolade for the past two campaigns.

Gabriel Jesus feels Manchester City have let down their assist king Kevin De Bruyne this season. 

Jesus and De Bruyne were on target during the second half when City beat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu back in February. 

The long-awaited second leg of the Champions League last-16 tie takes place behind closed doors at the Etihad Stadium on Friday. 

De Bruyne heads into the contest after a stunning domestic season where he matched Thierry Henry's Premier League record of 20 assists in a single campaign. 

Still, Brazil striker Jesus feels that number could have been much higher, insisting City were frequently wasteful in front of goal despite scoring 102 times in the league. 

"I think every game he can make three or four assists for us," he told the club's website. 

"This season we miss a lot of goals, if not Kevin would have 30 assists. He is so good. 

"He has so much quality and he always looks to the strikers. It is so good playing with him."

Praise has not always been so forthcoming for Jesus, who is likely to lead the City attack in Sergio Aguero's injury absence against the LaLiga champions. 

The 23-year-old did impress, however, in the initial clash – deployed on the left-flank to fine effect in an experimental 4-4-2 system that featured De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva as false nines until the closing stages. 

"I don't think it is my best performance," Jesus said. "It was a top game. I scored and helped the team and that's why people say that.

"They [Madrid] played so good. It is so difficult to go there and play against them.

"We suffered in the first 15-20 minutes and after we played well. We started to play our football and after we came back and could have scored three.

"We played so good with the ball, but without the ball we played one of the best games I have seen since I came to play here."

The Premier League's longest season yet concluded on Sunday with Liverpool champions for the first time.

The Reds were comfortable in ending a 30-year wait for a top-flight title, but there was drama until the closing minutes of the final day.

Manchester United and Chelsea can celebrate Champions League qualification as the division's strugglers reflect on their contrasting fortunes.

Meanwhile, with the help of Opta data, we look at some of the quirkiest numbers from the 2019-20 campaign.


5 - David Luiz conceded five penalties in the Premier League this season, the most a player has ever given away in a single season in the competition.

167 - Jack Grealish was fouled 167 times in the 2019-20 Premier League, the most fouls won by a player in a single campaign on record (since 1998-99).

24 - Scott McTominay now has the fastest Premier League yellow card on record. He was booked just 24 seconds into Manchester United's December home win against Newcastle United.

2000 - It was a season of milestones for McTominay, who scored Manchester United's 2000th Premier League goal against Norwich City in October. They became the first club to the landmark.

27 - The Norwich class of 2019-20 became the only side not to record a single point from a losing position in Premier League history. They lost all 27 matches in which they fell behind.

4 - Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard's fourth-placed finish is the highest finish for an English manager in their debut Premier League season since Frank Clark's Nottingham Forest came third in 1994-95.

2 - Lampard's season ended well, but September's 2-1 defeat to Liverpool made him just the second Chelsea boss - after Bobby Campbell in 1988 - to lose his first four home matches in all competitions.

33 - At the age of 33, Jamie Vardy became the oldest player to win the Premier League Golden Boot, scoring 23 goals in 2019-20.

5 - Virgil van Dijk became just the fifth outfield player to play every minute for a Premier League title-winning side, following Gary Pallister (1992-93), John Terry (2014-15), Wes Morgan (2015-16) and Cesar Azpilicueta (2016-17).

2013 - Anthony Martial's June hat-trick against Sheffield United was Manchester United's first in the Premier League since Robin van Persie scored three against Aston Villa in April 2013.

7 - Martial and Marcus Rashford assisted one another a combined seven times in this season's Premier League, the most of any pairing in a single edition of the competition for Manchester United.

49 - All 49 clubs to have played in the Premier League have conceded at least one hat-trick after Raheem Sterling's three-goal haul against Brighton and Hove Albion in July.

14 - Manchester United won 14 penalties in the 2019-20 season, the most a team has ever won in a single Premier League campaign.

29 - Harry Kane is the only player to face more than one club in the Premier League and score against them all, with Sheffield United the 29th he netted against.

15 - Kevin De Bruyne ended the season with a joint-record 20 assists - tied with Thierry Henry - but he became the first player to set up 15 goals in three separate Premier League campaigns.

93 - Tottenham went a record 93 games without a goalless draw before they were held 0-0 by Watford in January.

Pep Guardiola is encouraged to see Manchester City's assist king Kevin De Bruyne scoring more goals himself.

The Belgium midfielder set up Raheem Sterling in Sunday's 5-0 win over relegated Norwich City, claiming his 20th assist of the campaign to match Thierry Henry's single-season record in the Premier League.

De Bruyne also netted twice himself – particularly sumptuously before half-time – as City broke through the 100-goal barrier.

It meant he finished with 13 Premier League goals, his most prolific return in England's top flight.

"We know the assists and the quality he has for this but we need his goals," Guardiola told a post-match news conference.

"Today he scored two brilliant goals. Of course, the first one is special."

Guardiola had no concerns over De Bruyne's pursuit of an individual record harming his overall performance.

"We tell them, play simple, play as you know. Don't be focused too much on achieving it because it will come along," he said.

"He made one assist but could have easily broken the record. Now he is going to share it with Titi Henry. He played really good.

"The individual target, the focus to achieve something. It's good. Athletes always want to overcome and be better and benefit for the team."

De Bruyne was not the only City player to chalk up leading individual numbers this season, with Ederson's 16th clean sheet winning him the Premier League Golden Glove.

It is an honour Guardiola felt the Brazil international earned in a sharp outing at the Etihad Stadium – his save in a one-on-one from Teemu Pukki particularly impressive.

"It's so nice, but I think today he deserves it because he made two incredible saves. Without him it would not be possible," Guardiola added.

"He made a really good season and he deserves what he has done. We are so happy for this award."

David Silva was granted a warm ovation from his team-mates and City's backroom staff when he made way on his final Premier League performance.

The former Spain playmaker still has a shot at Champions League glory next month as he brings down the curtain on a glorious decade in Manchester and, when fans are allowed back into stadiums, Guardiola is sure Silva will be granted a more fitting farewell.

"It was the smallest standing ovation of all time," he chuckled. "He will come back to receive the standing ovation he deserves from our fans.

"I have the feeling that they want to do it. I think what the players and staff have done shows the gratitude and honour that he has to have for these incredible 10 years he has done at this club.

"We wanted to say thank you for what he has done for this club."

Kevin De Bruyne scored two brilliant goals and equalled an assist record as David Silva bowed out on a high notet in Manchester City's 5-0 Premier League battering of relegated Norwich City.

Gabriel Jesus' 22nd goal of the campaign – his best return for the club – preceded a moment of brilliance from De Bruyne, who then matched Thierry Henry's record of 20 Premier League assists in a season by teeing up Raheem Sterling for a third at the Etihad Stadium on the final day.

Riyad Mahrez added further gloss prior to De Bruyne masterfully stroking in the hosts' final goal in a wonderful outing, which was Spain great Silva's final outing in England's top flight after 10 years and 309 Premier League appearances.

A greater challenge in the shape of Real Madrid lies in wait as Silva sets his sight on finishing a glittering decade with a Champions League medal.

Onel Hernandez's 20-yard strike being ruled out handed the hosts a reprieve they made the most of 11 minutes in, when Jesus squeezed home after Norwich failed to deal with Sterling's cut-back.

Ben Godfrey made two great blocks to deny Jesus and then Silva as the pressure built but Teemu Pukki passed up a great chance to level when he shot straight at Ederson one-on-one following suspect defending.

De Bruyne duly punished Norwich, showing exquisite feet before lashing an unstoppable effort into the top-right corner from 25 yards.

Silva tested Tim Krul in search of a final Premier League goal and Kyle Walker's fizzed cross narrowly missed the outstretched boot of Jesus.

Christoph Zimmermann was saved by the post when he diverted De Bruyne's cross towards his own goal but the Belgian brilliantly slipped in Sterling to roll in his 20th league goal of the campaign.

Mahrez stroked home a fourth after De Bruyne pressured Kenny McLean, with the latter the former Chelsea midfielder curling in a wonderful fifth to complete the rout.

The Premier League season concludes on Sunday, with Liverpool completing their victory lap at Newcastle United.

A dominant campaign from Jurgen Klopp's men means the destination of the big prize has long been decided, although there are still the matters of Champions League qualification and relegation to address.

The remaining top-four berths will go to two of Chelsea, Leicester City and Manchester United – with the latter two playing each other at the King Power Stadium in Sunday's standout clash.

At the other end of the table, two of Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth will be joining Norwich City in the Championship next season.

However, as we examine below, there are individual awards and achievements still up for grabs.

 

Vardy leads the way in Golden Boot race

A goal from Jamie Vardy against United could represent a huge step towards Europe's elite competition for Leicester City, while it will almost certainly mean the Golden Boot for the former England striker.

Vardy is on 23 goals, in a landmark campaign that saw him being up 100 in the Premier League. Of the 29 players to have reached a century in the competition, only Ian Wright (28 years, 286 days) made his debut at an older age than Vardy (27 years, 232).

The main competition comes from Danny Ings, whose 21 goal makes him the third Southampton player to score 20 or more in a Premier League season, following Matt Le Tissier (25) in 1993-94 and James Beattie (23) in 2002-03.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is next in line on 20. The Gabon international has also enjoyed a landmark campaign, becoming the sixth fastest player to 50 Premier League goals in history as he did so on his 79th top-flight outing for Arsenal.

Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling are the outsiders on 19 apiece. If Sterling nets against Norwich, he will become the first Englishman to score 20 times in a top-division season for Manchester City since Brian Kidd – now a member of Pep Guardiola's backroom staff – did so in 1976-77.

 

De Bryune hunting Henry's assist record

One man in particular will be keen on Sterling adding to his haul – provided it comes from one of his passes!

Kevin De Bruyne has 19 assists in the Premier League this season, placing him one shy of Thierry Henry's competition record.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil also assisted 19 times during 2015-16.

De Bruyne has been directly involved in 30 league goals this term, scoring 11 alongside his creative exploits. This is the most for a central midfield since Frank Lampard scored 22 and supplied 14 assists for Chelsea in 2009-10.

The efforts of Sterling and De Bruyne have gone a long way to placing City close to an impressive collective feat. If Guardiola's side score three times against Norwich, they will reach 100 goals for a third consecutive Premier League season.

 

Ederson and Pope battle it out for Golden Glove

Another City player looking after number one on Sunday is their number one. Ederson is on 15 clean sheets, putting him level in the Golden Glove standings with Burnley's Nick Pope.

The Clarets end another excellent season at home to Brighton and Hove Albion and if Ederson and Pope cannot be separated at full-time the award will be shared.

Both men have a similar save percentage, with Pope stopping 70.7 per cent of efforts sent his way compared to Ederson's 69.6, but the Englishman has been far busier.

Pope has made 118 saves from 164 shots faced, compared to Ederson's 64 from 92.

Although impressive, neither man has been flawless, with Ederson committing three errors leading to goals and Pope culpable for two.

Jordan Henderson has capped a brilliant season by collecting the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award.

The England midfielder led a rampant Liverpool to the Premier League title, their first in the top flight for 30 years.

Henderson's individual contributions - including four goals in 30 games - earned recognition ahead of a host of team-mates.

Manchester City talisman Kevin De Bruyne also fell short of the award despite an outstanding campaign.

We take a look at where Henderson secured his latest piece of silverware, with the help of Opta data.


INCREASED ATTACKING INFLUENCE

Henderson may never be a creative force like De Bruyne in the middle of the pitch, but he had a greater hand in Liverpool's attacking play this term.

With Fabinho often occupying the deeper role that limited Henderson in seasons past, the 30-year-old has mustered four goals and five assists.

Not since the 2014-15 campaign, when he scored six times and set up another nine, has Henderson been involved in as many goals.

The former Sunderland man has created 27 chances in total this term, as well as contributing a pair of secondary assists, aiding Liverpool's prolific front line.

REDS RELIANT ON THEIR SKIPPER

Henderson has been out injured since July 8, in which time Liverpool have won just one of their three matches.

That drop-off when without their captain bears out across the entire campaign, too, with the Reds a much better side when Henderson is involved.

Liverpool have won 90 per cent of their 2019-20 league games in which the skipper has appeared (27 of 30), compared to just 57 per cent when he has not (four of seven).

In fact, the champions have remarkably dropped more points in the seven games Henderson has missed (eight) than in the 30 he has played (seven). He will be absent again at Newcastle United on Sunday.

KDB SUFFERING FOR CITY SLUMP?

Henderson has been magnificent, but De Bruyne might well feel hard done by, having put together one of the finest individual seasons of recent years in the Premier League.

Since 2003-04, only Eden Hazard in 2014-15 (98) has created more chances in a single campaign than De Bruyne, who is on 97 and could yet surpass his compatriot.

De Bruyne has 19 assists this term, only one shy of Thierry Henry's single-season record from 2002-03, while Frank Lampard - 36 in 2009-10 - was the last central midfielder to have a hand in 30 or more goals in a campaign.

Yet Henderson has been able to contribute to team success, ending Liverpool's long drought in a campaign where City - De Bruyne aside - have too often been off the pace.

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