​Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has sensationally revealed that he has voted for Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling as the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year, claiming the England international deserves the recognition.

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. 

"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. He's had a fantastic season. I could have voted for Bernardo Silva as well and another couple of players from City. But I am just being honest. I think he has improved a lot as a player. We will see if he wins it."

Liverpool are in contention for their first Premier League title since 1990 and are in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, seeking back-to-back final appearances. Van Dijk has been one of the biggest contributors to Liverpool's title aspirations, but he has refused to take credit for the team's exploits. 

"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. Until everything is decided, we just have to keep going. Individual trophies? I don't know," he concluded.