Van Dijk crowned PFA Players' Player of the Year

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Van Dijk, who is the second consecutive Liverpool player to earn the accolade after Mohamed Salah previous year, is a pivotal reason behind the Reds' success in both the Premier League and Champions League this season.

The Dutch worldwide is the second Liverpool player in a row to win the award after forward Mohamed Salah past year and joins compatriots Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie in claiming the honour. The trophy has extremely long legs, similar to those of the former England striker.

"It's unbelievable. To win this award, voted by players you play against week in week out".

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"In the air, as you'd probably expect from a defender that's 6'3", Van Dijk is utterly dominant.

"I think from the outside it looks so hard and the boys deliver and deliver and deliver - that's the cool thing".

"I'm very happy with how I perform at the moment, how consistently I'm performing and that I'm fit as well".

We're giving you each player's team, as well as the season they won it, plus seven minutes on the clock. We will be ready. The same month Van Dijk scored his first Premier League goal, against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz made a point of asking several times whether Vertonghen was fit to carry on and got a positive answer. On Tuesday, Donny van de Beek gave the youthful Dutch side the win, taking Ajax to the first European Cup final in 23 years.

Barca come into the Champions League clash against the Reds after having secured the La Liga title with a 1-0 victory over Levante last Saturday.

"It is not only him, the whole team has a lot of quality and we will prepare well and that is what we are going to do".

Van Dijk, who added that he is not thinking of battling Lionel Messi for the Ballon d'Or award, said his attention is firmly on Liverpool's remaining matches.

"It is not like we are going there for a holiday or something", said Van Dijk. "I think we've had an awesome year, especially with winning the league today".

"I think we've had an fantastic season as a team and obviously with Joe Montemurro coming in a year ago, we've changed the way we used to play a lot and that has benefited me", she said.

"He said: "[Klopp] gives confidence.

"You need to be ready for problems and we will be".

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