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Liverpool ace van Dijk on the Virg

HONOUR: The Liverpool ace wants to add more silverware to his PFA gong

WITH THE coveted Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year gong firmly in his grasp, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is now looking to add team silverware to his portfolio.

Van Dijk will be key as the Anfield club eye a Premier League and Champions League (CL) Double as the 2018-19 campaign draws to a close.
Liverpool faced mighty Barcelona on May 1 in the CL semi-final, first leg and play Newcastle in their penultimate top flight fixture on Saturday (May 4).

The individual honour, presented at a gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel, means that the classy van Dijk succeeds team-mate Mohamed Salah, who won in 2017-18, and is the first defender to take the award since Chelsea centre-back John Terry in 2004-05.

It is a remarkable rise to the top for the Dutchman, who joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75 million in January 2018. The move to Anfield followed two standout seasons with Celtic, for whom he made just 76 appearances.

The 27-year-old has been an ever-present for Liverpool in their bid to dethrone Manchester City as Premier League champions this season, with van Dijk’s side one point behind their rivals at the top of the table with just two games left to play.

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.

Of the individual honour, van Dijk said: “It’s pretty difficult to put into words. 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.”

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