Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Van Dijk admits he voted for Raheem Sterling as POTY

Van Dijk admits he voted for Raheem Sterling as POTY

In a very uncomfortable interview sequence, Virgil van Dijk revealed he voted for his main rival for Player of the Year, Raheem Sterling, but the Manchester City star didn't return the favour.

"I voted for Raheem Sterling", Van Dijk told reporters, as per The Guardian.

"I think the game we played over there, we won 5-0, it was obviously a bit of a unusual one".

Manchester City's Sterling and Van Dijk are strong favourites after fantastic seasons, with their clubs in contention to win the Premier League.

"Virgil is just like a big brother to me".

Van Dijk and Sterling are both contenders to win this year's award as Liverpool and City vie for Premier League glory.

Sterling is a frontrunner for this year's gong having been impressive throughout the season, though rules state he can't vote for a player on his own team.

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Sterling, who is believed to have voted for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, has 15 goals and nine assists for Pep Guardiola's team this season as they attempt to retain the league title at Liverpool's expense. We still have a chance to win the title and a chance to win the Champions League.

Liverpool now sit two points above Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, having played one game more, as Jurgen Klopp's side aim for the club's first league title since 1990.

Van Dijk has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world following his £75million arrival from Southampton in January past year.

Many believe Van Dijk would be the obvious choice for a player outside of his own team (and players can not pick someone from their side), but Sterling opted for his worldwide colleague.

He then laughed uncomfortably and added: 'I think I did mine about two weeks back. scandalous, scandalous'.

"I think the most important thing is just do what we are doing".

However, the 24-year-old played down his impact as a spokesman on how racism is a blight on the game, saying he "did not really think he can make a difference as this is something that has been happening before I was born".

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