Liverpool fans have waxed lyrical about Virgil van Dijk after he won the PFA Player of the Year award for his incredible displays over the last 12 months.
Signed for £75million, the Dutchman came in to fix Liverpool’s problems at the back.
Not only did he patch things up at the back but van Dijk also transformed the Reds into arguably the strongest side defensively in Europe.
He beat the likes of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane to the award while Eden Hazard and Mohamed Salah were unlucky to not even be nominated.
Liverpool fans have reacted on social media to van Dijk winning the award, the second time for the club in two years.
Salah won it last year but van Dijk has been the best player in the league by quite some margin this season.
For Jurgen Klopp, it is brilliant that his players are performing to such a high level and with it unlikely that any of his key performers will be leaving, the German can continue to build and progress.
You got the Liverpool guys that can go on top of you. You don’t want that, I don’t want that, I don’t think anybody wants that.
Van Dijk: pic.twitter.com/AJXFH6YFO0
— – (@EnRouteAnfield) April 29, 2019
Congratulations to Virgil van Dijk for winning the PFA Player of the Year award. Commiserations to Sterling though, his tactical voting didn't pay off. pic.twitter.com/C2i585rj2f
— MSZ (@ThisIsMS2) April 29, 2019
Not trying to get ahead, but how far off Balon D’or top 3 is Virgil van Dijk? POTY, recordbreaking PL season with LFC, least condeded, not been dribbled past in 45 PL games, if LFC reach CL final and potentially wins it would be a huge boost. PL too, but that’s seems unlikely.
— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) April 29, 2019
Virgil Van Dijk is the best defender in the world.
I don’t do if buts and maybes, I do absolutes.
— Dani (@dxnii50) April 29, 2019
Alexandre Lacazette is one of only two players to successfully complete a dribble past Virgil van Dijk in the Premier League since the start of the 2017/18 season.
Mikel Merino is the only player to do so since Van Dijk joined Liverpool.
— Jake Entwistle (@JakeEntwistle) April 28, 2019
If Liverpool win the Champions League this season, van Dijk would surely be deserving of a podium finish in the Balon d’Or this year and if he won the Premier League as well, a case could be made for him being a deserving winner.
Of course, this is always contingent on van Dijk and Liverpool following this season up with a similarly impressive start to the 2019/20 season.