Van Dijk Pips Sterling And Hazard To PFA Player Of The Year Award

Van Dijk Pips Sterling And Hazard To PFA Player Of The Year Award

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been crowned PFA Player of the Year for 2018-19, pipping Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and Chelsea's Eden Hazard to the award.

The Netherlands international has been rock solid for Liverpool, playing all 35 league games this season and helping them to a league-best 19 clean sheets.

Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for a 75million pounds record fee for a defender.

He has vindicated that price tag with his performances this season, with the Reds losing only once in a Premier League game, against Manchester City in January.

"It's pretty difficult to put into words," Van Dijk told the crowd after receiving the award.

"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."

The 27-year-old was nominated Alongside team-mate Sadio Mane, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard and Manchester City trio, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Bernado Silva.

Van Dijk's win follows that of his team-mate Mohamed Salah last season and is the first awarded to a defender since John Terry in 2005.

Raheem Sterling who was considered by many as Van Dijk's closest competitor, won the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

The Englishman's 17 goals and 10 assists this season was enough to see off team-mate, Bernado Silva, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice and Bournemouth's David Brooks.

In the women's categories, Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema who lead the Gunners to their first league title since 2012 with her 22 goals won the PFA Women's Player of the Year award.

Manchester City forward Georgia Stanway nicked the Women's Young Player of the Year award while 31-year-old Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton was awarded the PFA's Merit award.

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