Martin Keown glad Virgil van Dijk joined Liverpool, not Man City

Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool warm up during a training session on April 23, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Virgil van Dijk has been a revelation for Liverpool, having also been linked to Manchester City.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool  celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 1-4 during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Porto and Liverpool at Estadio do...

Martin Keown has told BBC Sport that Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk is his Player of the Year.

Van Dijk has been a revelation since joining Liverpool in a £75 million deal from Southampton in January of last year.

In his first full season at Anfield, the Netherlands international could win a double as Jurgen Klopp's side remain in contention for Premier League and Champions League glory.

Manchester City were heavily linked to him in December of 2017 [The Telegraph], a month before joining Liverpool.

 

And the Arsenal legend is delighted that he joined up with Klopp instead of the Sky Blues, who are the Reds' main competition for a Premier League title.

Keown, a former centre-back, told BBC Sport: "He is just class, isn't he? He purrs around the pitch, in possession or out of possession, he is a mountain in the air and has taken on the responsibility, at this time in his career to try to lead Liverpool to the title.

"That's because he wants to be a winner. I am just glad he didn't go to City, because he could have gone there and we wouldn't have had a brilliant title race like this one if he had."

Van Dijk's main rival for the individual gong is Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, though the winner will be announced before the title is decided.

Really, the voting should only finish once the campaign is over, giving the voters a greater scope, but one of them is likely to be crowned Player of the Year before the war between Liverpool and Pep Guardiola's troops is even over.

Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil Van Dijk (L) vies with Porto's Malian forward Moussa Marega during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between FC Porto and...

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