Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk has emerged one of the three-man shortlisted for the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award. let’s looks back over his stellar season.
Van Dijk’s got season in numbers
His achievements so far: UEFA Champions League winner, UEFA Nations League runner-up, English Premier League runner-up, PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
UEFA Champions League: Appearances: 12 Goals: 2 Assists: 2
Premier League: Appearances: 38 Goals: 4 Assists: 2
Top three moments
1. The Oranje were seconds away from missing out on the UEFA Nations League Finals when Van Dijk fired past Manuel Neuer to prise the point they needed in their final group game away to Germany.
2. Level at 1-1 on aggregate away to Bayern in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 decider, Van Dijk rose majestically to head in James Milner’s corner and keep the Reds on course for a sixth European crown.
3. The UEFA Champions League final was the biggest game of his career and the defender rose to the occasion, producing a faultless display, keeping a clean sheet and picking up the man of the match award in Madrid.
Comments on the defence lord
Boss Klopp said; “You could write a book about Virgil van Dijk’s strengths and abilities. He is still young, but he’s so mature.”
“The ‘Swagger Don’. Virgil is suave on and off the pitch. He makes everything just look easy, doesn’t he? When you’ve got him behind you, you’ve got that feeling of security.
He’s been an absolute rock all season- Oxlade-Chamberlain
“He embodies the full picture of a defender: his radiance, the way he captains the group, his presence on the pitch, and also now the prizes – the Champions League was fantastic. He can be an example to anyone who wants to aspire to be the best – Ronald Koeman added.