Virgil van Dijk told BT Sport that he voted for Raheem Sterling to be PFA Player of the Year while the Englishman voted for Harry Kane.

The Dutchman’s closest rival for the award is Sterling and to hear he voted for him is astonishing as it demonstrates both confidence in himself and a lot of respect for his peers.

He told BT: “I did what I thought and I thought he deserves it. He’s had a fantastic season.

“But I am just being honest. I think he has improved a lot as a player. We will see if he wins it.”

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Sterling told BT that he voted for Harry Kane which was clearly a tactical vote and something most players would do in all fairness.

The Manchester City forward has been in sublime form this season, aiding his teammates in their bid to retain their Premier League crown by scoring 15 goals and assisting a further nine in 28 appearances.

 

Van Dijk has arguably been the most consistent performer since the start of the season and has contributed hugely to the Reds title bid.

His form since signing from Southampton for £75million has been incredible. He’s hardly had a bad game and has demonstrated unbelievable intelligence in a variety of scenarios.

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Defending a 2 v 1 against Spurs springs to mind as one of his best defensive actions this season. Van Dijk prevented Tottenham from scoring on the counter-attack on his own as Heung Min Son and Moussa Sissoko sprang forward.

The Dutchman somehow blocked off the pass to Son and forced Sissoko on to his weaker left foot, resulting in the Frenchman blazing over the bar.

Very few centre backs would have been able to prevent their opponents scoring in a situation like that.

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