Liverpool are set to dominate the 2019 UEFA team of the year.
Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino all made the 50-man shortlist.
The Reds have 10 players nominated, more than any other team. Ajax and Manchester City are our closest rivals seven and eight nominations respectively.
This list seems to usher in a new era of Premier League dominance led by the Reds. Exactly half (25) of all candidates have played in the English top flight this year.
In the team of the year’s 19-year history Liverpool have only ever had five players make the cut. Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypia, Luis Garcia, Fernando Torres and Virgil Van Dijk. You would expect the Reds to at least double that tally in this year’s team.
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As impressive as having 10 nominations is one man may feel hard done by. Joel Matip has been immense for Liverpool and was key to our incredible 2018/19 season.
Despite being injured for a lot of this early campaign you would expect him to have gotten the nod. In fairness Matip has been pipped by some quality players. Kalidou Koulibaly, Sergio Ramos, Aymeric Laporte and Gerard Pique are all fantastic players also worthy of a nomination.
The UEFA team of the year represents the chance for official recognition from footballs governing body. Liverpool have been the best team in Europe throughout 2019 and that is apparent from the Reds domination of these nominations.