Liverpool centre-lower back , Virgil Van Dijk has been formally crowned the Professional Footballers’ Association’s Players’ Player of the Year for 2019 after a stellar season.
The Dutch defender succeeds team-mate Mohamed Salah in prevailing the award after beating Manchester City stars, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, and Chelsea forward Eden Hazard to assert the celebrated prize.
The 27-year-vintage footballer received the gong at a ceremony which passed off on the Grosvenor House in London.
I think it’s unique, really,’ the 27-year-antique stated. ‘If you spot the standard of strikers we have within the league or play makers we have inside the league, it’s unbelievable.
‘If you spot the shortlist and high-quality there’s, it’s very special that the gamers in the league voted for me. I received’t take it with no consideration. It’s simply very special.
‘I suppose at some point of the entire season I’ve been feeling exceptional. We’ve been triumphing many games, we are competing with Man City for the name and I think the maximum critical aspect is to stay suit and play steady as properly – I think I’ve been doing that pretty well this season.
‘Obviously with out the help of my team-buddies, it wouldn’t be viable but we’ve just to keep going, keep on and I’m feeling proper.’
Van Dijk went on to pay tribute to his Liverpool team-pals. ‘I think the key’s that the way we protect is that we do it all collectively,’ he brought.
‘Defending starts offevolved upfront, our strikers put pressure on their defenders, it’s implausible.
‘I don’t need to be placed below strain by way of those sort of gamers and even if they (the opponent) beat that press, we nevertheless have a midfield that continues hunting you down always.
‘It makes it lots simpler for us because the again four. But if we’re underneath stress we nevertheless want to cope with it and I think that’s been going pretty properly as well.
‘Everyone is answerable for the good stuff which have been going on right now at Liverpool. We just need to hold it going and with a bit of luck so that it will bring about trophies.’
Van Dijk turned into also joined with the aid of his Liverpool team-pals Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold who all made the Premier League group of the yr.