Virgil Van Dijk votes Raheem Sterling for PFA Player of the Year award

Virgil Van Dijk votes Raheem Sterling for PFA Player of the Year award

- Virgil Van Dijk has voted Raheem Sterling for PFA's best player award

- The Manchester City star has been in impeccable form for the Citizens this season

- Liverpool and City are the two front-runner for the Premier League title this term

Virgil Van Dijk has voted Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling as his preferred PFA player of the year despite being title rivals this season.

The Dutchman has been a key part in Jurgen Klopp's side boasting the Premier League's best defensive record this season.

Sterling who was formerly a Liverpool player has scored 15 times for the Citizens this season.

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"I did what I thought and I thought he deserves it," said Van Dijk, with players unable to vote for team-mates.

"He's had a fantastic season. I could have voted for Bernardo Silva as well, and another couple of players from City.

"But I am just being honest. I think he has improved a lot as a player. We will see if he wins it."

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Having played one more game than City, the Reds are two points above the Manchester club as Klopp's men aim to win the league for the first time since 1990.

"I think all of the teams of the league would love to be in our position right now. We are in a great situation," added Dutch international Van Dijk, who is also regarded as a strong candidate for the player of the year award himself.

"It could have been better but it is how it is. We still have a chance to win the title and a chance to win the Champions League.

"It can become a fear when you read all the media and social media. In this situation you need to be very strong mentally."

The awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, April 28.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Virgil Van Dijk is confident that the tile race between and Manchester City will be decided on the last matchday.

The Reds are in contention for the Premier League trophy this season since they last won it 29 years ago. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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