We’re the best football team in the land, yes we are…and the Ballon d’Or shortlist proves it. When is the Ballon d’Or winner announced? Virgil van Dijk will be crowned the best in the world at a ceremony on the 2nd of December. The seven players that the Reds have on the shortlist is more than any other side in the world. Here are the seven Liverpool players on the shortlist for the Ballon d’Or:
Virgil van Dijk
The towering Dutchman is the odds on favourite for the award. He was colossal throughout Liverpool’s record breaking campaign last season. Van Dijk was integral to the Reds reaching 97 points in the league and lifting the European Cup in Madrid. It is difficult to look past him (literally, he is huge) as he looks to become the first defender to win the award since Fabio Cannavaro in 2006.
The Egyptian king holds one third of the Premier League golden boot and scored the winning goal in the Champions League final in Madrid. He may not have replicated the form from his debut season at Anfield but he was still unplayable.
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Senegalese winger Mane was backed by Thiago Silva to be in the conversation for the award. He has been utterly electric in recent months, his deadly finishing and lightning pace have been key to the Reds unbeaten start to the campaign.
The Scouser in our team is the best right back in the world at the minute. He holds the record for assists in a Premier League for a defender. This may not be his year but he is certain to have a stronger chance in the future.
There’s something that the Ballon d’Or shortlist wants you to know, one of the best in the world is Bobby Firmino. Si señor, our number nine is up for football’s top individual prize thanks to his selfless attacking displays.
The Dutchman has been transformed in recent seasons. From a goalscoring attacking midfielder to an industrious box to box, ball winning, whirling dervish of intensive pressing. He has become a truly unique player worthy of his recognition in the Ballon d’Or shortlist.
The best goalkeeper in the world. The Brazilian has been picking up golden gloves as if they were buy one get one free. He is unlikely to be the first keeper to pick up the award since Lev Yashin. It is difficult to rule him out in future though.