Liverpool Dutch centre defender Virgil van Dijk will win the PFA’s Player of the Year award on Thursday, according to multiple reports. The Dutch centre half has been instrumental in the Reds’ title charge this season, with his calm demeanour and leadership skills helping to steady Jurgen Klopp’s once shaky defence, helping his side ascend to the top of the Premier League in the process.
Virgil van Dijk had been hotly tipped to win the award alongside Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, Sadio Mane And Aguero who himself has enjoyed an outstanding campaign this season.
But The Mirror report that Van Dijk won over his peers, seeing off competition from teammate Sadio Mane, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva.
Van Dijk’s stellar performances, coupled with the rise to prominence of Joe Gomez alongside him in central defence, and the arrival of Alisson Becker in goal have helped Liverpool keep 19 clean sheets this season – conceding just 20 goals in their 35 Premier League games played until now.
The Reds have lost just once this season in the league as a result against title rivals City at the Etihad and now face a thrilling conclusion to the season, as they look to wrap up their first ever Premier League crown.
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling revealed he voted for Tottenham striker Harry Kane to receive the PFA Player of the Year award and not Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk. Manchester City star Raheem Sterling believes far more can still be done to put an end to racism in football.
The England international has repeatedly spoken out about the issue following a rise in incidents of racial abuse throughout the sport.