Virgil van Dijk explains why he’s voted for Raheem Sterling for PFA Player of the Year

The 2018/19 PFA Player of the Year award looks like it will be contested between a player from both of Manchester City and Liverpool once again.

Last season, Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah were the pair fighting to be named the finest player in England’s top-tier for the campaign.

This time around, it looks as if Virgil van Dijk and Raheem Sterling will be contesting the coveted accolade.

They have even instrumental for their respective sides, with Van Dijk the key man in changing Liverpool’s leaky defence into arguably the sturdiest in Europe.

The Reds have conceded just 20 goals all season, the lowest total in the league, while Sterling’s 15 goals and nine assists have been key to City keeping pace with Liverpool in the title race.

And it turns out Van Dijk himself is a big fan of the English winger and has declared that he has voted for Sterling to win the PFA Player of the Year.

Of course, players can not vote for members of their own teams.

“I voted for Raheem Sterling,” said Van Dijk, per Daily Mail. “I did what I thought and I thought he deserves it. He’s had a fantastic season.

“I think I could have voted for Bernardo Silva as well and another couple of players from Manchester City, but I am just being honest.

“I think he has improved a lot as a player. We will see if he wins it. But all the hard work in the training ground is to win something as a team, a collective thing as a club. Hopefully that will happen.”

Sadly for Van Dijk, Sterling has apparently voted for England teammate Harry Kane to win the award.

The Dutchman, though, is a class act and the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch is simply fantastic.

Few defenders have ever been as dominant in the Premier League and he would be a worthy winner of the PFA Player of the Year.