Dalglish: Suárez, Bale and Van Persie will contest PFA award

Kenny Dalglish says the race for the player of the year award is a 3-way battle between Luis Suárez, Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie

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Robin van Persie has netted 19 league goals so far this season Photo: Back Page Images

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Kenny Dalglish believes the race for the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award is a three-way battle between Luis Suárez, Gareth Bale and Robin van Persie.

Suárez moved ahead of Van Persie and Bale to top the Premier League goal-scoring charts with his hat-trick in Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Wigan on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Uruguayan has been in superb form for the Reds and has now netted 21 league goals to lead Van Persie (19) and Bale (15) at the top of the scoring charts.

And Dalglish believes the footballer of the year accolade will go to one of the trio this year.

“The three front-runners are Gareth Bale, Robin van Persie and Luis Suárez – and it’s very hard to split them,” Dalglish wrote in his column in the Daily Mirror.

“You can choose on the basis of their overall contribution to the game and all three have been exceptional. You can talk about making goals and about taking goals [and] in the end, it’s probably just going to come down to which player you like most a person.

“I’m not sure how the people who cast their votes for the various Footballer of the Year awards are going to make their choice this season.”

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