Netherlands worldwide Van Dijk has helped Liverpool, second in the table with one game remaining, to keep 20 clean sheets - the best defensive record in the top division.
Liverpool fans will be disappointed that their club failed to capture the Premier League title this season, but it's safe to say that Everton fans have no love lost for their city rivals.
But they were made to rue too many draws - seven throughout the season - and won just two games less than City.
"The team made so many big steps in the previous year".
Oasis star and diehard City fan Noel Gallagher joined his heroes in the changing room at Brighton.
City became the first team since Manchester United in the 2007-08 season to retain the trophy, part of a hat trick of successes for Alex Ferguson's team.
Now it was time for stony faces at Anfield, with Liverpool's title becoming more and more theoretical.
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"Liverpool was exceptional, I don't mean to rub it in, it is what it is, they didn't deserve to lose", City captain Vincent Kompany said.
Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola lifts the English Premier League trophy after the English Premier League soccer match between Brighton and Manchester City at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Attention now turns towards June 1 as Jürgen Klopp's men contest their second successive Champions League final when they travel to Madrid to take on Tottenham Hotspur.
"We made 100 points last season and had to make 98 this season".
"We have three weeks to prepare for a Champions League final".
And with City away and clear and the title out of reach, the Anfield fans paid tribute to their players all the way to the final whistle.
"It's a very special season, a better season than I played with my team [Borussia Dortmund] when we were champions in Germany".
Then Kompany, among the unlikeliest of heroes, produced a goal that will be replayed again and again and again if City go on to be champions. "We have the desire to over-achieve and it's hard to over-achieve with a team as good as we have".
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