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Monday, April 29, 2019

Liverpool Defender Virgil Van Dijk Wins PFA Player Of The Year

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk was named as England’s PFA Player of the Year for 2019 on Sunday, succeeding team mate, Mohamed Salah. 

PFA Player of the year

Van Dijk was voted for by his fellow players and saw off competition from Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling.

But Sterling, 24, was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Young Player of the Year, following on from City colleague Leroy Sane.

Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million ($97 million, 87 million euros) in January 2018. Van Dijk has starred in a hugely improved Liverpool defence that has kept 20 clean sheets and conceded a mere 20 goals in the current campaign.
 “It’s pretty difficult to put into words,” said Van Dijk, the first defender to win the award since Chelsea’s John Terry 14 years ago. 
 “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.” 
Virgil Van Dijk & Mohammed Salah

Van Dijk, who also has a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona to look forward to this week, added:
“If you see the standard of strikers or playmakers we have in the league, it’s unbelievable.” 
England international Sterling has been praised both for his on-field performances and a willingness to speak out about football’s continuing problems with racism.

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