Liverpool have seven players nominated for the Ballon d’Or – the most of any club. We have a go at ranking them for the award.
7. Roberto Firmino
It’s undoubtedly been a fantastic calendar year for Firmino. Many now regard him as one of the world’s best forwards and he won both the Champions League and Copa America this year.
The only thing holding him back is a lack of really decisive moments in those competitions.
6. Mohamed Salah
It says a lot about this Liverpool side that Salah is so far down this list. Back-to-back Premier League Golden Boots, as well as the Champions League, made this year a brilliant one.
Let’s not forget that he scored the penalty to set Liverpool on their way in the final, either.
But a slow start to this year, as well as a disappointing African Cup of Nations, see him slide down the list.
5. Trent Alexander-Arnold
He’s going to be one of the best we’ve seen out of Liverpool – no one can really doubt that anymore. Alexander-Arnold broke the Premier League record for assists by a defender, while he provided the arguable moment of last season.
His corner to set up Divock Origi’s winner against Barcelona is already legendary. It’s moments like that where players leave a legacy.
The 21-year-old is likely the best right-back in the world right now and will surely only keep on getting better.
4. Gini Wijnaldum
Wijnaldum became a dominant player for both Liverpool and the Netherlands this year – in two different roles. He’s a tough-tackling, hard-working midfielder in red. Put him in Orange and he’s suddenly a world-class attacking midfielder who scored five goals already in international football this year – that’s a third of his overall goals for his country.
As for those moments? Wijnaldum came off the bench to bag a brace against Barcelona to help create history last May. That may be the defining performance of his career and few have bettered it in 2019.
3. Sadio Mane
Mane blossomed into one of the world’s best forwards in 2019. He’s now the main-man going forward at Anfield and has shown that with consistently brilliant performances.
He was the star of the show as Liverpool went to Munich and beat Bayern in February. Mane can also take credit for Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea, thanks to his brace.
Then there’s the Premier League points he’s helped to win – with no better example than his assist and goal against Aston Villa. It’s been a fantastic year – and he’s not slowing down.
2. Virgil van Dijk
The world’s best defender. No doubt about that anymore. Van Dijk is the key player at Liverpool, allowing them to take more risks going forward, while also feeling more comfortable in defence.
That sounds so simple but for one player to have that impact is simply incredible. He could very well be the first Liverpool player to win the Ballon d’Or since 2001.
Van Dijk’s consistency, for club and country, has been sensational and he fully deserves to be a strong contender.
1. Alisson Becker
What a year Alisson has had. Premier League Golden Glove. Copa America Golden Glove. UEFA’s Goalkeeper of the Year. FIFA’s Goalkeeper of the Year. The Champions League. The Copa America.
Alisson has had about as good a year as possible – he could only have bettered it with a Premier League medal. He set some incredible statistics, too, such as only conceding once at the Copa America, which was a penalty in the final.
In all, you can’t ask much more of a goalkeeper. And his year may just be good enough to become the first goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or since 1963.