Virgil van Dijk has won the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award for 2018/19.
The Liverpool centre back beat Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling to the award with the lion’s share of votes by his fellow players.
City’s Raheem Sterling won the young player prize, while Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema won the Women’s Player of the Year award. England forward Georgia Stanway was named Women’s Young Player of the Year.
— PFA | Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) April 28, 2019
Big Virg is at the core of the best defence in the Premier League this season – the Reds have kept an impressive 18 clean sheets which may very well rise to 20 by the end.
Liverpool now have eight players who have won the award; van Dijk joins Mo Salah, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, John Barnes, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott in the hall of fame.
Our number four was on a six-man shortlist with Sadio Mane, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Eden Hazard.
Even though the Chelsea winger was up for the main prize, the Belgian was snubbed for the PFA Team of the Year.
The XI includes ten players from City and Liverpool. Only Paul Pogba is deemed fit to play alongside the boys in red and sky blue.
— PFA | Professional Footballers' Association (@PFA) April 25, 2019