2. Champions League glory is ultimate
Since the past 5 years, the winner of the award has won a Champions League medal, thus proving it to be the ultimate glory in a calendar year, and Van Dijk played the biggest part in it during Liverpool’s conquest.
As the famous saying by Sir Alex Ferguson goes, “attack wins you games, defence wins you titles”. Indeed, the Dutch International forced his side to win the European medal and almost made them win the Premier League.
Liverpool certainly had the best defensive record in Europe and the credits obviously go the defensive setup at the Merseyside club. Furthermore, even after losing 3-0 in the first leg against Barcelona, the Reds managed to win by 4-0 in a brilliant display of attack and defence display.
A goal by Barcelona could have cost Liverpool the game, but Klopp’s side remained calm and the defensive unit played its role with absolute efficiency.