Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has officially been named PFA Player of the Year

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Virgil van Dijk has been named PFA Player of the Year 2019.

The Liverpool defender has been voted by his peers as the standout performer in the Premier League this season, beating out some tough competition. 

Five other players were shortlisted for the award - as Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Sadio Mane, Sergio Aguero and Eden Hazard all narrowly missed out. 

It was suggested to be a two-horse race between Sterling and Van Dijk and we now have confirmation that the Liverpool defender has scooped the prize. 

The result is certainly not surprising and reports that the Dutchman was going to win it have been floating around since last week. 

And after the season he's had, it's hard to argue that he doesn't deserve it. 

Van Dijk has been key to Liverpool's title charge and without him, the Reds wouldn't be in with a shot at Premier League glory.

But, his individual accolade could still be in vain. 

As it stands, Liverpool are one point behind Man City with two fixtures left. That means the title is out of their hands and Jurgen Klopp's side can only hope that their rivals will slip up. 

Whatever happens though, it's been a season to remember for Van Dijk. 

He's become only the fouth Liverpool player to win the PFA award in the Premier League era - joining teammate Mohamed Salah and legends Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard. 

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It was actually Salah who leaked news of Van Dijk's win, posting a tweet before it was officially announced. 

"Congrats big man. Well deserved! PFA player of the year," he tweeted, with an image of the pair on the pitch. 

Despite missing out on the Player of the Year award, Sterling did win the Young Player of the Year prize.

Do you think Virgil van Dijk deserves to be named PFA Player of the year? Have your say in the comments below.

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