Liverpool dominate UEFA Champions League awards shortlists with five nominees including Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson
- UEFA announced their shortlists for Champions League positional awards
- Awards crown best keeper, defenders, midfielders and forwards from 2018/19
- Liverpool have five nominees with Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold named
- Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane are also recognised
Five Liverpool stars have been shortlisted for the UEFA Champions League awards after helping their club lift the trophy in June.
Keeper Alisson, defenders Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, captain and midfielder Jordan Henderson and forward Sadio Mane are those up for the awards.
There is further Premier League recognition, with Tottenham pair Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen nominated in the keeper and midfielder categories respectively.
Jordan henderson (left) and Virgil van Dijk are on the UEFA Champions League awards shortlist
Trent Alexander-Arnold (L) and Sadio Mane are defenders and forwards nominees respectively
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AWARDS SHORTLIST
GOALKEEPERS: Alisson Becker (Brazil – Liverpool FC); Hugo Lloris (France – Tottenham Hotspur FC); Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany – FC Barcelona)
DEFENDERS: Trent Alexander-Arnold (England – Liverpool FC); Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands – AFC Ajax, now Juventus); Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands – Liverpool FC)
MIDFIELDERS: Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands – AFC Ajax, now FC Barcelona); Christian Eriksen (Denmark – Tottenham Hotspur FC); Jordan Henderson (England – Liverpool FC)
FORWARDS: Sadio Mané (Senegal – Liverpool FC); Lionel Messi (Argentina – FC Barcelona); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal – Juventus)
Also among the 12 nominess were Barcelona pair Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Lionel Messi as well as Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus.
Ajax duo Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, now of Barcelona and Juventus respectively, completed the shortlist.
The awards recognise outstanding individual displays in the Champions League during the 2018/19 season.
The shortlists were decided by 55 journalists from UEFA’s 55 member associations, selected by the European Sports Media group, and the coaches of each of the 32 clubs that played in the group stage.
Each judge selected a three-man shortlist for each category, allocating five points, three points and one points to each choice, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own players.
All five players selected from Liverpool started in the final to help the club seal a sixth Champions League trophy.
Mohamed Salah, from the penalty spot, and Divock Origi struck in both halves as the Merseysiders beat Tottenham at the Wanda Metroplitano.
Alisson, in his first season with Liverpool, is one of three shortlisted for the keepers award