Virgil van Dijk beats Raheem Sterling to Player of the Year crown

Virgil van Dijk beats Raheem Sterling to Player of the Year crown

Van Dijk and Sterling have been the standout players during this campaign, which has seen both Liverpool and Man City battle it out for the Premier League.

Van Dijk joined Liverpool from Southampton in January of a year ago for a club-record £70million rising to a potential £75million and has made a huge impact at Anfield.

Van Dijk and Sterling were the two favourites from the six candidates after their impressive seasons at Liverpool and City.

As well as the Manchester City winger, Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Sadio Mane and Eden Hazard were named as the nominees for this year's award.

Liverpool have only conceded 20 league goals thus far and that's largely because of the Brazil worldwide, whose reflexes have really caught the eye.

The official awards ceremony takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday, April 28.

Team-mate Mohamed Salah won the crown last season after his record-breaking year in which he scored a terrific 44 goals in all competitions.

During the warm-up, Virgil van Dijk tried to catch out the 26-year-old with a shot as he was walking towards goal.

Luis Suarez was the most recent recipient before Salah, claiming victory back at the end of the 2013-14 season.

Pogba was picked for the team, which is voted for by Premier League players, despite having an up-and-down season.

"Looking at him and thinking what can I do within myself to be half the person and player he was".

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