Liverpool center-back Virgil van Dijk was voted as the Professional Footballers’ Association Premier League Player of the year award on Sunday, keeping the trophy at Anfield.
Van Dijk has been the backbone for Liverpool this season as they are still in contention to lift the Premier League title for the first time since 1990. Last year it was his teammate Mohamed Salah who pipped City’s Kevin de Bruyne to lift the trophy. The Egyptian had also won the golden boot.
Van Dijk became the third defender to win the Player of the year title in Premier League history. On January, 2018, the Dutchman joined Liverpool from Southampton for a world record fee for a defender- $99 million.
After his arrival, the so-called shaky defence of the Reds turned into a solid wall with his presence.
The ceremony for the Professional Footballers’ Association award was held on Sunday where City’s Raheem Sterling won the Young Player of the Year. He was also on the 6-men shortlist of the Player of the year accolade alongside teammates Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva.
While on Monday, Sterling beat the Liverpool defender to win the player of the year by soccer writers. The Manchester City winger got 62% of the votes cast by more than 400 British-based members of the Football Writers’ Association to clinch the trophy. Right now, Liverpool are on the second position on the points table, just one point behind Manchester City with two games left for both teams in the campaign.
In women’s football, Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema was voted women’s player of the year, on the day she won the Super League with the Gunners.
While Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway was selected as the women’s young player of the year. Apart from Premier League, Liverpool are also the title contenders of UEFA Champions League where they will face Lionel Messi’s Barcelona in the semifinals. Last year the Reds lost to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the final of the tournament.