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They were subsequently named in the thirty-man list for the award dominated by Liverpool player including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmnino, and Georginio Wijnaldum.

"Whenever Van Dijk plays, Liverpool always seem to retain a sense of calm regardless of the circumstances".

While Klopp is a massive fan of the Argentine, he believes Van Dijk has performed better over the past year and deserves to win the award.

And according to the report on Daily Mail, Mundo Deportivo claims that Lionel Messi has been told to be prepared to receive his six Ballon d'Or award in his career. Or Momo (Salah), who is one of my friends.

Messi faces tough competition, not only from Ronaldo but van Dijk who has had an outstanding year with Liverpool.

Cristiano Ronaldo, too, is in the mix, although a premature end to his 2018/19 Champions League season, combined with recurring injuries, have derailed his bid to win a record sixth Ballon d'Or.

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A total of 15 Premier League players take positions on the final 30-man shortlist, in what is the most dominant offering from English football in the history of the awards.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk now stands as a marginal favourite, with Messi breathing down his neck after a solid season with Barcelona. "That's how it is", Klopp said.

De Jong was then asked what he has learned since joining Barcelona from Ajax in the summer, "It's hard to say exactly what I learned, but when you go to a new club you also do new things".

The Liverpool manager believes that his defender Virgil Van Dijk should win the coveted prize.

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