Two Liverpool linked players pick up the top gongs at Football League award ceremony

Derby County's Will Hughes and Burnley's Danny Ings picked up the top two awards at the Football League award ceremony last night - both players are thought to be high on Liverpool's radar this summer.

It was a good night for the two England under-21 stars as the Football League awarded them for their efforts this season naming them both Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year respectively.

Burnley striker Danny Ings was up against strong competition for the night's top award and many had tipped Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater to walk away with the Player of the Year trophy. 

It was the Burnley striker with 25 goals already this season that eventually picked up the award, paying tribute to his manager.

'He is firm but fair and as long as you buy in to what he buys in to then you're definitely going to get along,' said the 22-year-old.

'That comes down to hard work and all of our players are hard-working.'

He also paid tribute to his strike partner Sam Vokes, adding: 'Sam Vokes, my strike partner, has chipped in with a lot of goals too for a target man and I could talk about the team all night.

'We have such a good team ethic and we work hard for each other which is why we have been successful.'

The other nominees may feel a little frustrated that they didn't win the trophy, especially McCormack, who has scored four more league goals than Ings and also level on assists.

Despite that, no one can begrudge the young star of the award and he has played a large part in Burnley's automatic promotion push which they look on track to achieving.

As for the Young Player of the Year award, it was again heartache for another Leicester City player, this time in Liam Moore who was beaten to the award by Derby County's Will Hughes.

The 18-year-old has now played in 70 league games for Derby County and has already been likened to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in the media.

Accepting the award on his behalf, Derby County's CEO Sam Rush, commented: 'There is a huge amount of competition in the Football League and a third of all players are eligible for this award so for him to come out on top at 18 is an amazing achievement for him.

'He is a very grounded young man, considering the achievements he had and the amount of exposure he had had. He is intelligent as well and I think that is why he has made such quick progress.'

Liverpool's interest in both players has been well-documented and with the Football League awarding the two talents in its annual award ceremony, it could be a deciding factor when they delve into the transfer market in the summer.

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