Sterling is tipped to win the Young Player award, also being odds-on favourite.
For the women's player of the year award, Manchester City trio Steph Houghton, Nikita Parris and Keira Walsh have been shortlisted alongside Chelsea duo Erin Cuthbert and Ji So-yun, and Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal.
Liverpool are, however, aware that their fate remains out of their hands as defending champions Manchester City have played one game less and are only two points off the pace.
Van Dijk has transformed Liverpool's defence since joining the club from Southampton in January 2018, and has been key in the Merseyside club keeping 18 clean sheets this season.
The visitors should have taken the lead midway through the first-half when their front three clicked together for the first time as Mohamed Salah fed Sadio Mane and the Senegalese's pass put Roberto Firmino clean through on goal.
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Senegal worldwide Mane - included ahead of last year's victor Mohamed Salah - has also enjoyed a stellar season for Jurgen Klopp's side, hitting 18 league goals as the Anfield club attempt to end a 29-year wait to be champions.
Aguero and Silva have also been integral parts of the division's best attack this term.
Sergio Aguero's 19 goals and seven assists see him included while Bernardo Silva's breakout campaign in the City midfield has resulted in him being rewarded with a nomination.
Creative forward Hazard, the only candidate to have previously won the award (2015), has been directly involved in more top-flight goals than any other player this term, scoring 16 and setting up 12 for Maurizio Sarri's Blues.
Five clubs see players shortlisted for the Young Players prize.
Sceptics feel that this is a sentiment of a team on top and the story would be different if they were not riding high this season, but we will give him the benefit of the doubt and Liverpool fans are certainly palpably excited with each match that comes now.