Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk Named PL Player of Season

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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has been named the 2018-19 Premier League Player of the Season.

Van Dijk saw off competition from team-mates Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Manchester City trio Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard to claim the accolade.

The winner was decided by a combination of votes from fans via the EA SPORTS website, the captains of the 20 Premier League clubs and a panel of football experts.

On receiving the award, Van Dijk said: “It’s a great honour and I’m very proud.

“Without everyone here at Liverpool, fans and players, it wouldn’t be possible so I will definitely give them credit for all of it as well.

“I think the whole season in the Premier League has been outstanding.

“The only thing is we have been competing with another team that’s pretty good. But I think it’s a joy to watch, this title race, for neutral fans.”

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'Dotun Akintomide's journalism works intersect business, environment, politics and developmental issues. Among a number of local and international publications, his work has appeared in the New York Times. He's a winner of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Award. Currently, the Online Editor at The New Diplomat, Akintomide has produced reports that uniquely spoke to Nigeria's experience on Climate Change issues. When Akintomide is not writing, volunteering or working on a media project, you can find him seeing beautiful sites like the sandy beaches that bedecked the Lagos coastline.

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