Both Van Dijk and Raheem Sterling have been in superb form for their respective clubs. Thanks to their immense impact, both are being widely hailed as the two frontrunners for the coveted accolade.
While many would have done things differently, the Dutchman couldn't see the point in denying Sterling due credit.
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"I voted for Raheem Sterling," Van Dijk said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Van Dijk continued, "I did what I thought and I thought he deserves it.
Liverpool are in contention for their first Premier League title since 1990 and are in the quarterfinals
"Of course, you're going to be proud [to win the award], that is something you have to be," Van Dijk added.
"But all the hard work on the training ground, that is something we all did together - and it is to win something as a team, a collective thing as a club. Hopefully that is something that will happen."
"We can all keep our heads high with the amount of points that we have got, only losing one game in the Premier League so far, it is something very special.