Danny Mills has claimed Virgil Van Dijk has not matched the standards he set last year for Liverpool and should lose out to teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold in the player of the year race.
The former Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 28-year-old Dutch giant “will forever be judged” by his “exceptional season” in 2018-19.
The Netherlands international scooped the PFA Players’ Player of the Year last spring after guiding the Reds to second in the Premier League having lost just once in his first full season at the club.
Van Dijk has once again been ever-present for Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring four goals in his 41 appearances this campaign.
When asked who he believed was deserving of the Player of the Year award, Mills told Football Insider: “You expect it to come from Liverpool, definitely.
“Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane will be mentioned but I think Trent Alexander Arnold deserves it. To do what he has done from full-back. But it is very difficult as a defender to win the award unless you have an outstanding season like Virgil Van Dijk. He had such an influence to go on as a defender and win it.
“I do not think Van Dijk will get it. It is a bit like Mo Salah. When you have such an exceptional season you will forever be judged by that. If you fall slightly below that, even if that is higher than everyone else’s standards, everyone will go, ‘You were not as good as last year!’ That may well apply to Virgil Van Dijk.”
It appears nailed on that a player from the Reds will win the accolade given the fact they are 25 points clear in the Premier League having only dropped five points all season.
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