Jurgen Klopp has said that he was surprised more of his Liverpool players didn’t make the Ballon d’Or shortlist after seven players were nominated in the 30-man list for the award.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk, midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum and forwards, Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were nominated for the award.
“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.”
“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.”