By Oliver Dawnay
11th January 2019,
Updated: 11th January 2019,
Klopp claimed the Manager of the Month award while his towering centre-back was named the Player of the Month.
Liverpool had a brilliant December, winning seven out of seven league matches in the busy festive period to overtakeManchester Cityat the top of the table.
Wins against Everton and Burnley in the first week, followed by victories against Bournemouth, Manchester United, Wolves, Newcastle and Arsenal completed a dominant month for the Anfield side.
Whilst Klopp’s side are known for their attacking prowess, it was Liverpool’s defence which proved even more impressive throughout their run as they only conceded three goals in their seven outings.
Van Dijk was immense at the back for Liverpool and has somewhat solved their defensive woes which have been so prevalent in past seasons.
The Dutchman beat the likes of his team-mate Mohamed Salah, Tottenham players Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and West Ham’s Felipe Anderson to win the award.