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Virgil Van Dijk wins PFA Player of the Year award; Raheem Sterling named best young player

Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk and Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling were big winners during the Premier League awards ceremony.

Van Dijk was named the PFA Player of the Year for his outstanding contributions for Liverpool over the course of the season.

The Dutchman signed for the Reds from Southampton last January. He has since developed into one of the finest centre-backs on the planet.

Van Dijk has kept 20 clean sheets in 36 league games

Van Dijk has helped Liverpool keep 20 clean sheets in 36 games, a league-best record. His displays have also ensured Liverpool are firmly in contention for a first ever Premier League title.

The Reds trail Manchester City by just a point with two games to play in the season.

The Dutchman has beaten off competition from the likes of Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane and Eden Hazard for the award.

“I think it’s the highest honour you can get as a player to get voted player of the year by the players you play against every week. It’s special. I’m very proud and honoured to receive it.”

“If you see the shortlist and quality there is, it’s very special that the players in the league voted for me.

Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, was named the PFA Young Player of the Year. The speedy winger has shone for Pep Guardiola’s side this season, scoring 17 goals and providing 10 assists in the league.

“Very proud of the honor”

He has, arguably, been City’s most important player this season, and that’s been reflected in the voting.

Sterling expressed his gratitude at receiving the award on Twitter, saying:

“Very proud with the PFA Young Player of the year, and truly thankful. Incredible support for the whole season, let’s go for more!!!”

Both players will not be willing to rest on their laurels though and would want to take home the big prize, which is the Premier League trophy, come the end of the season.