The centre-half was handed the award in Monaco on Thursday during the draw for the group stages of Europe's premier club competition.Van Dijk beat Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and Matthijs de Ligt to the accolade after helping the Reds win the European Cup for the sixth time.

Van Dijk beat Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and Matthijs de Ligt to the accolade after helping the Reds win the European Cup for the sixth time.

The 28-year-old played all but one match of the team's run to the Madrid final, where he was named Man of the Match in the victory over Tottenham Hotspur.                         

Watch some of the Liverpool star's highlights from a memorable 2018/19 campaign.