Even if Liverpool fall short in their chase for the Premier League, they can thank Van Dijk for making them such genuine contenders.
The Premier League drama has yet to reach its final reel, but the stars of the show are already campaigning for the individual awards. Who are the leading nominees for football's version of the Oscars?
It seems ridiculous, but no defender has won the prestigious Footballer of the Year title, as decided by the writers, since Liverpool's Steve Nicol in 1989. That run could be ended by another Anfield man, Virgil van Dijk. His vital goal in their Champions League defeat of Bayern Munich only underlined…