Now, the pair feature prominently in the frustratingly named The Best FIFA Football Awards, which are held on Monday, September 23.
Alisson is up for The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper prize, following an outstanding first season at Liverpool which saw him arguably end it as the world’s best goalkeeper.
The 26-year-old is up against Man City stopper Ederson and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen—surely the latter can’t win, having conceded four goals at Andield in the unforgettable Champions League semi-final second leg.
Alisson is the favourite for the award and the same applies to Van Dijk, who will again do battle with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, this time for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.
Van Dijk got the better of arguably the two greatest footballers of all time last week, and is also favourite to scoop the game’s biggest individual prize, the Ballon d’Or, later this year.
Finally, Klopp is up for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, along with Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.
Guardiola stands a good chance of winning it, having inspired City to a domestic treble, but Klopp’s European triumph could give him the edge.
Who else thinks it should be a Reds clean sweep?
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