Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and manager Jurgen Klopp are named the Premier League’s player and manager of the month for December.

It’s the firsttime Netherlands captain Van Dijk, 27, has won the award and he is the first defender to acquire it as Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen at March 2013.

Klopp was first named manager of the month at September 20-16.

“It was quite a successful but difficult month. Each game felt as the most crucial one of the season. It was unbelievable. The seriousness was massive but that’s what made it a distinctive month”

The Reds had been unbeaten all through December with Van Dijk playing in all eight of the matches, scoring inside their 2-0 win against Wolves.

Liverpool are four points clear on top of the Premier League and play Brighton on Saturday.