– Raheem Sterling of Manchester city wins PFA Young Player Of the Year award
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year.
The Dutchman saw off tough competition from Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling to take the honour and succeeds his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, who won the award last year.
Van Dijk, who signed for Liverpool from Southampton for £75m in January 2018, is the first defender to win PFA Player of the Year since Chelsea’s John Terry in 2005.
The 27-year-old has played in all of Liverpool’s 35 league games this season, helping the Reds to a league-best 19 clean sheets, having conceded just 20 goals.
Liverpool have only lost one game during their current Premier League campaign and are just a point behind champions Manchester City in one of the closest title races in years.
Following his award win, van Dijk said: “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.
Meanwhile, Manchester city’s Raheem Sterling carted away the PFA Young Player of the Year award for the 2018/2019 Season.
The English forward beat off the rest of the contenders for the award – Trent Alexander-Arnold, David Brooks, Marcus Rashford, Declan Rice and City teammate Bernardo Silva.