Official: Van Dijk is EPL player of the year

Van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has won another individual award for his outstanding season after being crowned the Premier League’s Player of the Season.

The Holland international has been Liverpool’s key player in their Premier League title charge throughout the 2018-19 campaign.

Van Dijk has played every Premier League match for Liverpool this season, missing only 35 minutes of the season so far and, alongside goalkeeper Alisson, has transformed Liverpool’s defence.

Van Dijk, 27, becomes the third defender to win the trophy after Nemanja Vidic and Vincent Kompany. 

The winner was decided by a mixture of votes from fans, the captains of the 20 Premier League clubs and a panel of football experts.

Liverpool have kept 20 clean sheets in 37 games so far this season, the same amount as Manchester City. Van Dijk has also scored four Premier League goals this season.

Last month, Van Dik edged Raheem Sterling to win the PFA Players’ Player of the Season award. 

Sterling, who has 17 Premier League goals to his name so far this season, beat out the Dutch defender to win the FWA player of the year prizes, handed out by journalists. 

And Sunday’s announcement that he is Premier League Player of the Year means he follows in the footsteps of his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah by winning both of the awards.

Liverpool face Wolves at Anfield on Saturday, needing a win while hoping Brighton can take something off City in order for the Reds to win the league for the first time since 1990. 

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