Liverpool had an incredible seven players named on the Ballon d’Or shortlist. Even more incredibly, two more Reds should have made the list but were snubbed. Virgil van Dijk is the clear favourite for the award, he is nailed on to become the first defender to take home the accolade since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006. The other Liverpool stars named on the shortlist are Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Gini Wijnaldum, Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino. However, Joel Matip and Andy Robertson both should have made the Ballon d’Or shortlist with their teammates.
Joel Matip’s exclusion is nonsensical. The Cameroonian defender has been in world beating form since stepping into the Liverpool side in January. He has been playing to such a sensational standard in recent months that he has managed to keep Joe Gomez out of the side despite the England international returning to full fitness following his leg break. Matip was recently named the Premier League player of the month for September. Last week Liverpool rewarded the ex-Schalke man with a new five year contract.
Andy Robertson was left out of the FIFPRO World XI and has now also been snubbed by the Ballon d’Or shortlist. The Scotsman hasn’t put a foot wrong in a Liverpool shirt this year. He has become a fan favourite at Anfield thanks to his tireless work rate, last ditch challenges and crossing ability. Robbo finished the 2018/19 season with 11 assists in the Premier League.
Hugo Lloris has made the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or. Hugo Lloris. The Frenchman hasn’t been in good form for two seasons. Did you know that the Ballon d’Or is organised by France Football? Funny that isn’t it, Marquinhos was also nominated – he plays centre back for Paris Saint Germain. Funny that.