Andy Robertson has come out and heaped praise for his Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk, saying he deserves to win the PFA Player of the Year award.
Van Dijk has been one of Liverpool’s most important players this season, helping them remain solid in the back. The Reds have only conceded 15 goals this season, and while that’s not all down to van Dijk, he is a big part of it.
Not many defenders win the award, as it’s usually attackers that catch the eye. But Robertson believes if the award was handed out now, van Dijk should win it.
“If the season ended tonight, I would give him it personally,” Robertson said. “There’s still 10 games to go and somebody can step up from another team but Virgil can take it to a whole new level, I reckon.
“The attacking players are usually in the running because they take all the goals and the headlines but this season Virgil has been fantastic and he’s getting all the plaudits that he deserves.
“I don’t think he’ll be focusing on that, he’ll be focusing on the team. It’s always nice to get end-of-season awards and I’m sure he’ll be in the running. It will be close if he doesn’t win it.
“He’s so consistent as well. If he puts the performances as he has done, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t have that trophy.
“He makes my life easier, that’s for sure. To have him next to me it makes everything so much easier. When somebody is running at you and you know Virgil is inside – he’s rarely out of position, if ever.
“For me, he’s the best centre-back just now in the world. That’s the way he’s playing and the confidence he’s got – and he’s still young enough that he can get even better.”
There’s absolutely no doubt that van Dijk has been immense this season, and he deserves to be in with a shout of winning the award. He is the favourite to win the award with many bookmakers but faces stiff competition from the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva.
Aguero seems like he’ll be van Dijk’s main competitor. How the remaining 10 games of the season go could go a long way to deciding who wins it – whichever player helps their team win the Premier League title may also be awarded with the Player of the Season gong.