Virgil van Dijk has defeated Raheem Sterling to claim the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Player of the Year award,now the second Liverpool player to be honored with such award in many years after Mohamed Salah was named winner in 2017-18.
Van Dijk defeated Sterling,Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva, along with his Reds team-mate Sadio Mane and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to the award, which is voted on by the members of the PFA.
The Netherlands international has proven to be worth every penny of the world-record fee for a defender Liverpool paid for him ahead of the January 2018 transfer window to snap him up from Southampton, as he has marshalled a back line that has conceded the fewest goals in the Premier League this season.
Van Dijk has also scored three goals and provided two assists this season for the Reds in the Premier League, and another two goals and two assists in the Champions League.
His tremendous help has put Liverpool in hunger to win their first Premier League title, though the Reds trail City by a single point with just two games remaining for each side.
And has contributed to Liverpool’s emergence in the Champions League semi-final, where they will face Barcelona with the first leg to take place Wednesday at Camp Nou in hopes of making their second consecutive final in the competition.
Nominees for the award were among the PFA Team of the Year, where Paul Pogba, Fernandinho, Andy Robertson, Aymeric Laporte, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ederson were also included.