Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is certain that Reds defender Virgil Van Dijk deserves the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award.
Klopp talked up the possibility of the Dutchman being named the new recipient of the award in his pre-match thoughts ahead of his side’s Premier League clash at Welsh outfit Cardiff City.
According to the former Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund manager, he would be disappointed if Van Dijk is not named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
Van Dijk has been in very good form for Liverpool this season in their quest for the Premier League title and Klopp wants him to be rewarded for his form for the Reds.
Dutch international centre back Van Dijk is one of six players in contention for the award after a six-man list of nominees was made public on Saturday.
Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane also made the list after netting 18 goals in the Premier League this term.
His form has led to reports of a possible transfer to Spanish giants Real Madrid who are trying to rebuild their squad ahead of next season.
Eden Hazard (Chelsea) and the Manchester City trio of Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling also made the six-man shortlist for the much-coveted award.
Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah is the current award recipient.