Jurgen Klopp joked he was surprised more of his Champions League winning squad were not nominated for Ballon d’Or, after he later saw that seven Liverpool’s players were picked up (sky).
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defenders Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and strikers Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino featured in the 30-strong shortlist announced by France football and L’Equipe on Monday
“My first question was ‘Who has not been nominated’?” he said ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League match in Genk.
“When players win it, it is big. When they don’t, hopefully it doesn’t hurt too much. The way we played last season, it’s normal so many would be nominated by the experts.”
Klopp went on to praise his whole squad after they reached back-to-back Champions League finals, winning one, and running Manchester City a close second in the Premier League title race.
“I think our seven nominations are deserved. If it’s a sign that we are now a destination for players, I don’t know. We want to work together for the next couple of years and we’ll see what happens,” he added.
“I’m proud of my boys in general, not just because seven of them have been nominated. I like them a lot and I’m happy when they win things.”
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