Luis Suarez will probably win a player of the year double, and understandably so.
Other players have impressed, notably Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, but unfortunately he finds himself vulnerable to Jose Mourinho’s tactical preferences, and selection whims.
Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is truly world class, but occasionally lazy as well.
If you were to ask the general football public to vote, based on talent, heart, and the commitment to the club on and off the pitch, I’m certain Steven Gerrard would be the people’s choice.
Leading the way: Steven Gerrard deserves to be the Premier League player of the season for his ‘exemplary’ leadership and crucial contributions
Spot on: Gerrard converted two penalties in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at West Ham on Sunday, maintaining their two-point cushion at the top of the Premier League
Flying: Liverpool are on course to win their first league title in 24 years
On their perch: Liverpool are well-placed entering the title run-in
As a captain he means as much to his club as John Terry means to Chelsea. The difference is that Gerrard has never let his club down either on or off the pitch.
As a loyal servant I can think of no better example in football than Gerrard. It’s easy for the likes of Terry and Scholes to stay at their clubs – they were winning medals and trophies. Gerrard remained loyal despite the title eluding Liverpool season after season. He stayed even when Liverpool didn’t make the Champions League.
This season he has been reliable from the penalty spot, staying calm to slot home crucial penalties in cauldrons like Old Trafford and Upton Park to help Liverpool to vital victories.
His passing from deep has been world class. Hard to believe that after the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in November a small number of Liverpool fans went on Twitter to suggest Gerrard needed replacing. Never doubt the captain, he’s fantastic.
Clear favourite: Luis Suarez is likely to scoop the Player of the Year awards by virtue of his 29 goals this season
In the running: Eden Hazard is another strong candidate to be named the best player of the season
Front runner: Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is another contenders for the end-of-season accolades
His leadership has been exemplary. The young players have a star to look up to and learn from, the senior professionals are full of admiration for one of the finest players this country has ever produced.
Luis Suarez has been disciplined all season: it’s stretching plausible thinking to believe the Liverpool captain has said nothing to and had no influence on the Uruguayan star.
Even if Liverpool don’t win the title, the remarkable improvement from last season is enough for Gerrard to win it.
What seals it for me though is what Gerrard has done as England captain. It’s this that sets him apart from the rest this season.
Leading by example: Gerrard celebrates the goal against Poland that made absolutely sure of England’s progress to the World Cup finals in Brazil
As undisputed skipper for the first time, with no chance of the manager inexplicably giving the armband to John Terry or Rio Ferdinand, Gerrard has flourished.
There will be those who claim they don’t care about international football, club comes first.
Steven Gerrard is sensible enough to realise you can actually have commitment to both club and country. And we all know that once England get to a World Cup everyone in this country gets interested.
Last October, England faced two must-win qualifiers in the space of four days. The mood of the football nation depended on the results of these games.
The dream: Can Gerrard emulate the great Bobby Moore in 1966 and lift the World Cup in Brazil this summer?
Gerrard led his country to a 4-1 victory over Montenegro. And then, late in the game, with England holding a precarious 1-0 lead over Poland, he strode through on goal, showing strength and riding challenges, before poking the ball into the back of the net.
At that moment we all breathed a huge sigh of relief. The captain had delivered. He now has an opportunity to be the best captain England have had since Bobby Moore. I hope he takes it.
For club and country, Steven Gerrard is my number one this season.