Virgil Van Dijk has posted an emotional message after winning the PFA Player of the year award.
Virgil Van Dijk joined Liverpool for a mammoth fee of 75 million pounds during January 2018. Fast forward, 18 months in his career, the Dutch International has made Liverpool as a European force again by enabling them to compete for the Premier League and Champions League.
He took over a defence which conceded 50 goals per season, but his transfer has proved to be a bargain. Upon his transfer to the club, Liverpool have conceded the least in the Premier League, lesser than Manchester City if you refuse to believe this fact. The Reds have conceded just 20 goals this campaign with just two games in due in the Premier League.
Acting as a linchpin in the defence, Virgil Van Dijk has imposed a calm atmosphere at the back to carry them. For his tremendous consistency, the Dutch International was awarded the PFA Player of the year, beating the likes of Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane, Bernardo Silva, and Eden Hazard.
After being crowned as the best player in the league, Van Dijk posted an emotional message on Twitter thanking his old clubs and teammates for this accolade.
The statement read as follows: “What an amazing evening at the PFA awards last night. I am so proud and honoured to have won such a prestigious award and feel incredibly humbled to have been recognised by my fellow professionals in this way. As I mentioned last night when I received the award there are few people I would like to thank.
First and most importantly thanks to my family for always being there to support me. Thank you everyone at FC Groningen, Celtic FC and Southampton FC for being such a crucial part of my journey as a player. This is ofcourse would not have been possible without the unbelievable support I have from everyone at Liverpool FC.
A special thankyou to the manager for showing the belief in me and to all my teammates who helped me so much in every game on the pitch. This award is for you. And of course thank you to our amazing fans for the support since I have been to Anfield. I love this club and have felt part of the family since the day I arrived. It was a privilege to have been there last night too to share it with Sadio, Robbo and Trent, congratulations on the trophy too. Now time to focus on Wednesday night. See you in Barcelona. We will be ready. #YNWA”
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) April 29, 2019
Liverpool will now turn their attentions to Champions League as they prepare to take on FC Barcelona in the last four of the competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have mustered out 91 points this campaign, but they look likely to fall short again after Manchester City’s 14-game run cutting down the seven-point lead which they had in New year. Irrespective of the outcome, Liverpool have done well to go toe-to-toe with the greatest Premier League side as the figures suggest.