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SportSky Sports pundits tip Van Dijk for Player of the Year award

23:15  12 february  2019
23:15  12 february  2019 Source:   readsport.co

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Van Dijk gets Thommo's vote for Player of the Year . Virgil van Dijk is definitely in the three because of his contribution to Liverpool. I am looking at City players who are being prominent, Raheem Sterling and Eden Hazard (for Chelsea) have both been very prominent, but not as consistent as you

Charlie Nicholas' player of the Year . I'm actually going for the goalkeeper, Jonas Lossl . He does make a few silly mistakes, although part of that is because he's asked to pass from the back, but he makes some unbelievable saves, including the one from OMG Virgil van Dijk only 27 of the in form players .

Sky Sports pundits tip Van Dijk for Player of the Year award © Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Four Sky Sports pundits have tipped Virgil van Dijk for the Premier League’s Player of the Year award.

Liverpool completed the signing of the Dutchman from Southampton days before the 2017 January transfer window opened, making him the world most expensive defender in a £75 million deal.

The 27-year-old was vital in the Reds’ strong second half of last season and has been even more impressive in the current campaign.

Van Dijk has been instrumental in Jurgen Klopp’s side’s rise to the very top of the Premier League table this term, helping them boast an outstanding defensive record.

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Van Dijk ’s move to Liverpool has been a success for player and club. Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk is fifth in our countdown of the standout Premier League players of 2018. That makes him the highest ranked defender in the list - fitting given that this was the year that Van Dijk cemented his reputation

Sky Sports pundits tip Van Dijk for Player of the Year award © David Rogers/Getty Images Sport David Rogers/Getty Images Sport

Numerous players have shone in the top-flight in recent months, but the Netherlands captain appears to have stood out, with Sky Sports pundits Paul Merson, Matt Le Tissier, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas all tipping him as one of the favourites for the Player of the Year award.

Merson said:

“Virgil van Dijk, he has been outstanding and played every minute of every Premier League game for Liverpool so far this season. He has been very, very good.”

Le Tissier added:

“From Liverpool, you would have to put Virgil van Dijk in there, I think he has been immense.”

Sky Sports pundits tip Van Dijk for Player of the Year award © Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Sport Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Sport

Thompson stated:

“I think Virgil van Dijk has to be made Player of the Year. With Liverpool top of the league, it is real value for how he has played. He has been absolutely fantastic. If they can win the league, it will be one of the buys of the century, but he has been the most consistent.”

Lastly, Nicholas said:

“Virgil van Dijk is definitely in the [top] three because of his contribution to Liverpool.”

“This is why I am edging towards Van Dijk. He is smooth and stylish, the natural ingredients of a midfield player. It normally goes to the Premier League-winning side.”

Klopp: We didn't miss Van Dijk much.
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool did not miss Virgil van Dijk much against Bayern Munich because of the brilliance of Fabinho, as reported on Sky Sports. However, the Reds’ manager was quick to make it clear that he is delighted to have the towering Netherlands international defender back for the Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday. Van Dijk was suspended for the 0-0 draw in the first leg of the last 16 UEFA Champions League match with Bayern Munich at Anfield.

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