Virgil Van Dijk beat Raheem Sterling to claim the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Player of the Year award.
Van Dijk joined Liverpool in January 2018 from Southampton for a £75m fee - making him the most expensive defender in the history of football.
Van Dijk has managed to bring out the best in his fellow defensive colleagues Alisson Becker, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez.
The Dutch global is the second Liverpool player in a row to win the award after forward Mohamed Salah previous year and joins compatriots Dennis Bergkamp, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie in claiming the honour.
Manchester City trio Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero were all shortlisted, alongside Eden Hazard and Sadio Mane. "We don't know. We have to do our best and we will see what we get for it".
19 - No outfield player has registered more clean sheets than Van Dijk in the Premier League this season.
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The 24-year-old England global came out on top from a young player shortlist which also included team-mate Silva, Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, Bournemouth's David Brooks and West Ham's Declan Rice. "Obviously he made sure that I can play for Liverpool together with the guys behind the scenes", Van Dijk said.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has joked that he has been exclusively responsible for Virgil van Dijk's impressive impact at Anfield. "It's special. I'm very proud and honoured to receive it".
"The situation is that we are in the semi-final against Barcelona and we are going to face one of the best players..."
'All the players in the league, I think, want to play for trophies, want to get trophies, ' he added. We just take it game by game.
"I think from the outside it looks so hard and the boys deliver and deliver and deliver - that's the cool thing".
The first leg of a last-four tie against FC Barcelona at Camp Nou awaits Van Dijk and his teammates on Wednesday, with the Reds just 180 minutes away from reaching the final for a second year in succession.
The PFA's Special Achievement award went to Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton.