Liverpool center-back Virgil Van Dijk has been named the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Players’ Player of the Year for 2019 after a stellar season.
As revealed by Sportsmail on Wednesday, The Dutch defender succeeds team-mate Mohamed Salah in winning the award after seeing off tough competition from Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, who had the consolation of being named Young Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of City team-mate Leroy Sane.
Van Dijk was joined by his Liverpool team-mates Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Reds quartet all made the team of the year and have made the trip down to London for the glitzy awards ceremony at Grosvenor House.
Men’s Players’ Player of the Year: Virgil van Dijk
Women’s Players’ Player of the Year: Vivianne Miedma
Men’s Young Player of the Year: Raheem Sterling
Van Dijk beat off competition from a six-man shortlist that included Mane, Sterling, Sergio Aguero Bernardo Silva and Eden Hazard to claim the prestigious prize.
‘I think it’s special, definitely,’ the 27-year-old said. ‘If you see the standard of strikers we have in the league or play makers we have in the league, it’s unbelievable.
‘If you see the shortlist and quality there is, it’s very special that the players in the league voted for me. I won’t take it for granted. It’s just very special.
‘I think throughout the whole season I’ve been feeling great. We’ve been winning many games, we are competing with Man City for the title and I think the most important thing is to stay fit and play consistent as well – I think I’ve been doing that pretty well this season.
‘Obviously without the help of my team-mates, it wouldn’t be possible but we have just to keep going, carry on and I’m feeling good.’