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Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk arrive in Monaco ahead of group stage draw…

Liverpool’s Champions League heroes Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk arrive in style in Monaco ahead of group stage draw… with both players also nominated for UEFA awards

  • Alisson and van Dijk had been pivotal in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph 
  • The Reds lifted the coveted trophy after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the final 
  • And Jurgen Klopp’s men will discover their new group ahead of title defence bid
  • Both players are also nominated for UEFA awards for the 2018/19 campaign 

Liverpool stars Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk have arrived in Monaco ahead of Thursday’s Champions League group stage draw.

Both players held a crucial role in the Reds’ triumph in the competition last season – and were also named on UEFA’s shortlist for awards to be announced before the ceremony begins.

Alisson will battle it out with Hugo Lloris and Marc-Andre ter Stegen to be named the best goalkeeper for the 2018/19 European campaign.  

Alisson and Virgil van Dijk were pictured arriving in Monaco ahead of Champions League draw

Van Dijk was nominated with fellow Liverpool man Trent Alexander-Arnold for Best Defender

Van Dijk was nominated with fellow Liverpool man Trent Alexander-Arnold for Best Defender

Van Dijk has Matthijs de Ligt and fellow Liverpool man Trent Alexander-Arnold for company in the best defender category. 

The Dutch international will also harbour hopes of lifting the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award – although competition is posed by superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

The duo were pictured stepping off a helicopter in the principality just hours before their club will discover what European adventures await them in the coming months.

Reds star Alisson, Hugo Lloris or Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be named the best goalkeeper

Reds star Alisson, Hugo Lloris or Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be named the best goalkeeper

Top flight sides Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs are also involved in the draw alongside last season’s European champions – and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted he expects a tightly-contested competition once again.

He said: ‘I don’t think there has ever been a stronger Pot 2. It is just crazy! I don’t think there was ever a stronger Pot 3, either. And then Pot 4 you can get Leipzig – wow! The groups will be incredible.’

Last season the Reds were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade, and progressed in second place despite losing three away games in the group. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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