Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named as the PFA Player of the Year for 2019

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

the award.


“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

the Reds.


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

Matip (92). 


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

five ranking.


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.

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