The Dutch centre-back landed the
prestigious award ahead of Reds teammate
Sadio Mane, Manchester City trio Sergio
Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling,
plus Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Van Dijk has featured in every Premier
League match of Liverpool’s title-challenging
campaign and has been a mainstay of the
team during their progression to the semi-
finals of the Champions League.
The 27-year-old is only the sixth defender to
be crowned the PFA Players’ Player of the
Year in the award’s history, emulating
Norman Hunter, Colin Todd, Gary Pallister,
Paul McGrath and John Terry.
The Reds centre-back topped a poll of his
peers across the 92 Premier League and
Football League clubs to scoop the
prestigious individual accolade in recognition
of his remarkable consistency and dominant
Van Dijk has made 45 appearances in all
competitions this term, helping Liverpool to
record 23 clean sheets and contributing five
goals in the team’s quest for Premier League
and Champions League glory.
The Netherlands captain saw off competition
from teammate Sadio Mane, Manchester
City trio Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and
Raheem Sterling, and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
It’s unbelievable. To win this award, voted by
all the players you play against week in, week
out, is fantastic,” said Van Dijk after collecting
“I think it’s the highest honour you can get.
I’m really proud.”
Van Dijk succeeds Liverpool teammate
Mohamed Salah as the PFA Players’ Player of
the Year and is the eighth man to claim the
honour while playing for the club.
Terry McDermott (1980), Kenny Dalglish
(1983), Ian Rush (1984), John Barnes (1988),
Steven Gerrard (2006) and Luis Suarez
(2014) were the other previous winners for
Stats On How He Won The PFA Award
4,015 – Minutes played for Liverpool in all
competitions this season – more than any
other outfield player in the squad.
3,262 – Touches in the Premier League. Only
Chelsea pair Jorginho (3,398) and Cesar
Azpilicueta (3,276) have more.
3,205 – Minutes played in the Premier League
this season, out of a maximum of 3,240.
2,847 – Passes made in the top flight. Only
Jorginho has attempted more.
240 – Clearances made across all
competitions – the most of any LFC player
and more than double his nearest rival, Joel
193 – Clearances made in the Premier League
– a top 10 ranking.
170 – Aerial battles won in the top flight – a
top five ranking.
108 – Headed clearances in the league – a top
88 – Total shots on target faced by Liverpool
in the Premier League – only Manchester City
are more miserly, with 79.
76.23 – per cent of aerial battles won by Van
Dijk – the best in the Premier League
(minimum of 150 aerials).
45 – Appearances for Liverpool this term
from a possible 48 games.
34 – Games won across all competitions.
23 – Clean sheets in all competitions.
20 – Premier League goals conceded by
Liverpool this season – fewer than any other
team in the top flight.
5 – Number of outfield players in the Premier
League with more minutes this season.
5 – Goals scored.
4 – Assists provided.
1 – Substitution.
0.56 – Average goals conceded by Liverpool
per Premier League match – the best record
in the top flight.