Virgil van Dijk has claimed the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Player of the Year award. He becomes the second Liverpool player to take the award, beating out a host of Manchester City stars.
Van Dijk beat out Manchester City players, including Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva. He also beat his Reds team-mate Sadio Mane and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to the award. The player of the year awards is voted on by the members of the PFA.
Van Dijk, who moved to Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for a record-breaking fee of £75m, has helped Liverpool record 17 clean sheets this season and becomes only the fifth defender to receive the award.
He was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening. Fellow Netherlands’ international, Vivianne Miedema was also honoured for her performances this season, that saw Arsenal win the WSL title on Sunday.
He had this to say, after receiving his award. “It’s pretty difficult to put into words. I think it’s the highest honour you can get as a player to get voted player of the year by the players you play against every week. It’s special. I’m very proud and honoured to receive it.”
In addition to his defensive contributions, Van Dijk has scored three goals and given two assists this season for Liverpool in the Premier League. While adding another two goals and two assists in the Champions League.