Regardless of his centre-back partner, the Reds have looked more assured and organised since Van Dijk's arrival in January a year ago, while the defensive record has improved immeasurably too.
As many as six Manchester City players made the list which also had four players from Premier League title chasers Liverpool.
That change in the team and his own personal performance have led to a lot of plaudits coming the former Celtic defender's way, and understandably so.
Liverpool's Dutch defensive colossus Virgil van Dijk will be unveiled as the 2018-19 PFA Player of the Year, according to reports in the English press.
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While the official announcement is due on Thursday as to who has won the coveted award, voted for by Premier League players, the Mail are reporting that Van Dijk is set to be crowned.
The 2019 PFA Awards will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Sunday, April 28.
Victory for Van Dijk means the prize remains with Liverpool, following Mohamed Salah's triumph last season.
He had been hotly tipped to win the award alongside Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, who himself has enjoyed an outstanding campaign.
The PFA's rules state that to qualify for Young Player of the Year, a player must be no older than 23 years old at the start of the season.