Virgil van Dijk has won the coveted PFA Player of the Year, according to the Daily Mail, and has beat the likes of Raheem Sterling to the award.
The Dutchman has been phenomenal for Liverpool this season and has been the Reds’ key man in their unprecedented title challenge.
Signed for a whopping £75million, he has reportedly won the PFA Player of the Year award in his first full season at the club.
The official announcement will be made on today but the Daily Mail is reporting that van Dijk has beaten Sadio Mane, Eden Hazard, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.
The fact that detractors used his price tag as a stick to beat him with but have since gone quiet highlights just how impressive he has been in the last 16 months.
Virgil Van Dijk PFA Players' Player of the Year, because guess what? He’s the best player in the league.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) April 24, 2019
Mohamed Salah last year, Virgil van Dijk this year. Raheem Sterling has had a top season on and off the pitch but really don’t think you can have any complaints about Van Dijk winning this award. Had a monumental impact on this Liverpool team.
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) April 24, 2019
Without Sterling City would still be where they are. Without Van Dijk #LFC would be nowhere near them. That makes it an easy decision for #POTY – VVD the best in his position at Home & in Europe this season. Could walk into any team in world football.
— Si Steers (@sisteers) April 24, 2019
If you asked supporters you’d probably find most wouldn’t sell him if you offered triple what Liverpool paid Southampton to sign him in January 2018.
BREAKING: Virgil Van Dijk has been voted PFA Player of the Year.
Congrats Virgil, very well deserved! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/CpxlhhITce
— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) April 24, 2019
If Liverpool win either the Premier League or the Champions League, the decision to sign him will receive the attention it deserves.
While he hasn’t exactly made Liverpool an elite club on his own, it could be argued that the position the Reds are now in would not be possible without him.
VVD – PFA Player of the Year ✅
LFC – Premier League
LFC – Champions League
Salah – Golden Boot
VVD – Ballon D'or
— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) April 24, 2019
Virgil Van Dijk voted PFA Players' Player of the year.
His numbers this season so far:
• 35 apps
• 17 clean sheets
• 3 goals
• 2 assists
• 170 recoveries
• 207 duels won
• 183 clearances
• 152 aerials won
• 12 fouls
• 1 yellow card
• 0 times dribbled past
— Ayodeji Ayodeji (@AyodejiX2) April 24, 2019
His presence at the back has seen Liverpool go from the worst side defensively in the Premier League’s top six to the best in the world in less than a year.
The faith Klopp has placed in him has allowed him to progress the way his talent demanded.
Jordan Henderson has been a fantastic skipper for Liverpool but van Dijk is the future leader of this talented group of players.
He has everything. Pace, strength, a football brain, accurate passing, goalscoring ability and unparalleled leadership qualities.
What a signing he has been. Congrats, Virgil!