Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk, has beaten Manchester City's Raheem Sterling to win PFA Players' Player of the Year, according to the Daily Mail.

Van Dijk was on a six-man shortlist which included Sterling, Sadio Mane, Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva.

The Reds centre back and Sterling were the two favourites from the six candidates, after their impressive seasons at Liverpool and City.

It is now understood that the £75million defender has won the race to win the trophy and the result will be officially announced on Thursday.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah was named PFA Players' Player of the Year last season, while Van Dijk is the first defender to win the trophy since former Chelsea captain John Terry in 2005.

Van Dijk also becomes the eighth Liverpool player to be crowned PFA Players' Player of the Year after Salah, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, John Barnes, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott.

He will be presented with the trophy at the PFA Awards ceremony in London on April 28.

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