Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Manchester City's Raheem Sterling were the big winners at the PFA Awards ceremony in London tonight.

The 27-year-old centre-back has been a key part of the Reds' push for the Premier League title this season. The Merseysiders have kept 19 clean sheets in the league this season, conceding just 20 goals.

Van Dijk saw off competition from Sterling, Reds team-mate Sadio Mane, City forwards Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

"It's pretty difficult to put into words," he said.

"I think it's the highest honour you can get as a player to get voted player of the year by the players you play against every week. It's special. I'm very proud and honoured to receive it."

Dutch international Van Dijk is the second Liverpool player in a row to win the award after forward Mohamed Salah last year and joins compatriots Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie in claiming the honour.

Former Anfield star Sterling was recognised for his individual brilliance this term for the Premier League champions.

The 24-year-old has drawn widespread praise for his performances for Pep Guardiola's side as they seek to retain their title, but also for the strong stance he has taken against racism in the game.