Virgil van Dijk is naturally one of the first names to come up when considering who deserves to be named PFA Player of the Year this year.
Naturally, Jurgen Klopp would love for the award to return to Anfield for a second year on the bounce and he thinks there’s three candidates in his squad.
If the award does find its way back to Merseyside it’ll be the first time Liverpool had players win back to back awards since Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush in the 80s.
Klopp has suggested that Mo Salah and Sadio Mane should also be considered for the award, as well as van Dijk, for their goal-scoring exploits.
“Virgil is a fantastic player but we cannot have the points we have without having a lot of really good players,” Klopp is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo.
“If you take the last ten weeks, and not only that, I would say Sadio Mane is probably in the race as well. If you take the ten weeks before that then Mo Salah is in the race again.
“At the end there will be a very, very good player winning that competition. If it was a Liverpool player for the second time in a row that would be really big as well because it is another sign that things are going in the right direction.”
Obviously van Dijk stands out – he’s transformed Liverpool this season; the Dutchman is probably the most important player in the league.
It’s nice that Klopp has also put forward Mo and Mane as a suggestion; the duo have been on fire this season and only those with a short memory will write Salah off to win the award again.