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Jurgen Klopp leads four Liverpool nominees for prestigious FIFA awards

Jurgen Klopp has been nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award for 2019, with three Liverpool players also up for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Klopp is among 10 managers from across world football on the shortlist for the annual prize, alongside fellow Premier League bosses Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.

Djamel Belmadi (Algeria), Didier Deschamps (France), Ricardo Gareca (Peru), Fernando Santos (Portugal), Tite (Brazil), Marcelo Gellardo (River Plate) and Erik ten Hag (Ajax) make up the rest of the list.

No Liverpool manager has won the award so far, with Claudio Ranieri picking it up in 2016, Zinedine Zidane the year after and Deschamps in 2018.

Nominated in both 2016 and 2018, Klopp received just over seven percent of the voting for both, but is likely to be considered more favourably this time around after winning the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have all been nominated for The Best FIFA’s Men’s Player prize.

They are joined by Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid), Matthias de Ligt (Juventus), Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) and Harry Kane (Tottenham).

This means the Reds are the most well-represented club in the shortlist, with three nominations the most any side has received.

MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. Liverpool won 2-0 to win their sixth European Cup. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

No Liverpool player was nominated in 2016 or 2017, though Salah came third behind Ronaldo and winner Luka Modric in 2018.

Van Dijk is a heavy favourite this time around, with the Dutchman already considered clear in the running for the Ballon d’Or award.

The Best FIFA Football Awards will be held in Milan on September 23, with voting for the manager’s award here and the player’s award here.

Liverpool are scheduled to play Chelsea in the Premier League on September 22.

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