With most people admiring Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City side. All eyes were on Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva to scoop the PFA award. But then fortune favours Liverpool skipper Virgil Van Dijk for his prolific defending for the Reds. The Dutch centre-back has led Liverpool to contest for the Premier League Title against the fierce Manchester City side. Moreover, He has featured in all of the Liverpool Premier League matches. Thwarting the lethal poles with young full-back of Trent-Alexander Arnold and Robertson.
The Dutch 27-years-old has become the sixth Premier League defender to be crowned this prestigious accolade. Emulating the likes of John Terry, Norman Hunter, Collin Todd, Gary Pallister and Paul McGrath.
How Virgil Van Dijk Won the PFA Player of the Season Award?
Most pundits have given credit to Liverpool gaffer Jürgen Klopp for creating a brilliant and title challenging Liverpool side. What the former has done in the past year to date is quite remarkable. But the most important thing of them all is when he secures the services of Van Dijk from Southampton to Merseyside. That was checkmate and a boss move.
Since Virgil Van Dijk made a move to Merseyside, he has done some much to protect the Liverpool defence. This season he has managed to get involved in 193 clearances, 170 aerial battles won, and 108 headed clearances. He is the best in the Top Flight League in terms of the percentages of aerial battles won with a 76.23 per cent.
In every game, he has played Liverpool has won 34 games in all competition along with 23 clean sheets in all competition.
The Dutch player has also went on play a row to make sure that the Red side of Merseyside walks away with maximum points. He has managed to acquire 5 goals with 4 assists and he has been substituted once this season.