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Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk voted for Raheem Sterling to be named PFA Player of the Year due to his ‘outstanding’ performances for Premier League champions Manchester City.
Van Dijk, the defender, was crowned Player of the Year for 2018/19 after a series of imperious performances at the back for Liverpool, who missed out on the league title by just a single point.
He was a towering presence for Jurgen Klopp’s side, helping them to their best ever Premier League points total – and to Champions League success to make up for their domestic heartbreak.
The Netherlands international was a deserving winner of the award, though many believed Manchester City forward Sterling should also have claimed the title of Player of the Year.
Sterling, the England star, was named PFA Young Player of the Year… and he actually received Van Dijk’s vote for the main award!
“It was a tough choice between him and Bernardo Silva,” Van Dijk said in an interview you can hear in talkSPORT’s The Rise of Raheem documentary. “I think I put Bernardo Silva as Young Player of the Season.
“I think both of them have been outstanding.
“He [Sterling] has improved as a player this last 12 months, and he has been very important for City. Hopefully next year he’ll be a bit less so we [Liverpool] can have it better!
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“But City have been outstanding. If you look at the whole team I could have picked five or maybe six players who could have been up there.”
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