But according to the Daily Mail, the £75 million defender has won the race to win the trophy and the result will be officially announced on Thursday.
Title rivals Manchester City and Liverpool make up the rest of the Professional Footballers' Association XI.
Sterling is the favourite to claim the Young Player of the Year award ahead of Silva, Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold, David Brooks and former Republic of Ireland global Declan Rice. Four Liverpool players are included but Mohamed Salah - last year's PFA Player of the Year - did not earn a place.
The winners of those accolades will be revealed Sunday in London at the 2019 PFA Awards.
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The unflappable Dutchman has pipped Raheem Sterling to the award. "He's had a fantastic season".
"Looking at him and thinking what can I do within myself to be half the person and player he was".
The PFA's rules state that to qualify for Young Player of the Year, a player must be no older than 23 years old at the start of the season.
As such, Lijnders has lauded the abilities of Van Dijk by admitting he is an invaluable asset to have due to his capabilities in the air and the ability to play out from the back.