LIVERPOOL defender Virgil van Dijk is not a certainty to win the PFA Players’ Player of the Year at the end of this season – because of Raheem Sterling.
That is according to Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright, who says that the Manchester City star has to be considered because of his current form.
Sterling was the difference once again for Pep Guardiola’s men on Saturday, netting a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Watford.
Victory moved the champions four points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of Liverpool’s game with Burnley on Sunday.
Reds star Van Dijk has been magnificent this season for Jurgen Klopp’s charges and has been tipped to win the season ending award, voted for by fellow Premier League players.
Liverpool have only conceded 15 goals in 29 league games this season, and much of that has been down to the Dutch international.
But Sterling has to now be in the conversation said former Arsenal forward Wright.
The England international has now scored 15 league goals this season and has nine assists to his name as well.
“He has been their main man at times this season,” Wright told Match of the Day.
“He has been their main man at times this season”
“You would have to say that with respect of the Player of the Year he has to be up there.
“With the way he is playing he has got to be up there with Virgil (Van Dijk).”
Jermaine Jenas agreed and says he thinks that Sterling is one of the key men at City.
“There is a bigger discussion to have with Raheem Sterling as well,” he added.
“Today was great with his goals and everything but the numbers – 18 league goals last season, 15 this – he is City’s go to man.
“You saw Pep bring him off after 60 minutes for a reason.
“You see Sane or Bernardo Silva get rested but Raheem Sterling, never. He is a key man.”