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Liverpool dominate Best Fifa Football Awards nominations as Klopp and Van Dijk receive nods

By Steve Jennings

Published: 16:41, 31 July 2019

Three Liverpool players are among the nominees for the Best Men’s Player gong at the Best Fifa Football Awards 2019.

Jurgen Klopp has also been nominated for Best Men’s Coach with the Champions League winners receiving more nods than any other club in the men’s categories.

What are the Best Fifa Football Awards? Five key things to know…

  • This year will be the fourth edition of the Best Fifa Football Awards.
  • The event recognises the “best” players and coaches in the men’s and women’s game.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Best Men’s Player twice, but Luka Modric won it last year.
  • Brazil’s Marta is the current holder of the Best Women’s Player title.
  • France’s Didier Deschamps and Lyon’s Reynald Pedros could win the Coach awards for a second successive year.

Liverpool trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are joined by Harry Kane, who is the only other Premier League representative among the male players.

New La Liga stars Eden Hazard and Frenkie De Jong will challenge the Premier League quartet. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe and Matthijs de Ligt round off the list.

Klopp will face competition from Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino of Manchester City and Tottenham, as well as France coach Didier Deschamps, Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, and Brazil’s Tite.

The managers of Portugal, Peru, Algeria and River Plate – Fernando Santos, Ricardo Gareca, Djamel Belmadi and Marcelo Gallardo – are also nominated.

Meanwhile, the shortlists for the women’s game have also been released. World Cup winners USA are heavily represented with nods for Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.

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The Lionesses have three nominees: right-back Lucy Bronze, striker Ellen White and manager Phil Neville. USA coach Jill Ellis and Ballon d’Or holder Ada Hegerberg are also in with a chance of winning awards.

Read the full list of nominees below.

Best Men’s Player nominees:

Virgil van Dijk, Netherlands
Sadio Mane, Senegal
Mohamed Salah, Egypt
Harry Kane, England
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal
Lionel Messi, Argentina
Matthijs de Ligt, Netherlands
Frenkie de Jong, Netherlands
Kylian Mbappe, France
Eden Hazard, Belgium

Best Women’s Player nominees:

Lucy Bronze, England
Julie Ertz, United States
Caroline Graham Hansen, Norway
Ada Hegerberg, Norway
Amandine Henry, France
Sam Kerr, Australia
Rose Lavelle, United States
Vivianne Miedema, Netherlands
Alex Morgan, United States
Megan Rapinoe, United States
Wendie Renard, France
Ellen White, England

Best Men’s Coach nominees:

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City
Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham
Djamel Belmadi, Algeria
Didier Deschamps, France
Marcelo Gallardo, River Plate
Ricardo Gareca, Peru
Fernando Santos, Portugal
Erik Ten Hag, Ajax
Tite, Brazil

Best Women’s Coach nominees:

Phil Neville, England
Jill Ellis, United States
Milena Bertolini, Italy
Peter Gerhardsson, Sweden
Futoshi Ikeda, Japan
Antonia Is, Spain
Joe Montemurro, Arsenal
Reynald Pedros, Lyon
Paul Riley, North Carolina Courage
Sarina Wiegman, Netherlands