Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk says he is focused solely on winning the Premier League title for the club, and not individual accolades.
The Dutch defender has emerged as the favourite for the Player of the Season awards having enjoyed a tremendous year which has seen Jurgen Klopp’s side concede just 15 league goals so far this season.
Chelsea’s John Terry was the last defender to be awarded the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2004/05, but Van Dijk insists team honours are his only focus.
“I want to focus on achieving something special, which this club hasn’t done for 29 years, and if either myself or any other players are involved in picking up individual awards, that’s great,” Van Dijk told FourFourTwo magazine.
“It would be a huge honour, but I’d be very proud if any of the squad win awards for a great season, like Mo Salah did last time.
“Winning the league makes you feel even more proud of yourself and the team. It’s a sign of the hard work you’ve put in over a whole season.
“That motivates you. Winning the Premier League title puts you in the history books forever and makes you a legend. That’s why you play football. You want to become a legend.”
Liverpool currently sit one point behind Man City with nine games remaining, as the Reds aim to secure their first league title for 29 years.