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       Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk should win the Ballon d'Or as he was the best player last

0:26 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk should win the Ballon d'Or as he was the best player last

The victor for the 2019 Ballon d'Or award will be announced on Monday, December 2 in a big ceremony. Alisson, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum are also candidates for the gong.

Van Dijk has had an impressive year under the management of Jurgen Klopp.

"I'll give it to a Liverpool player", he told Le Parisien.

As it stands, Messi and Van Dijk seemingly lead the way for the top accolade, but many supporters of the Senegalese have suggested otherwise.

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'If you give the Ballon d'Or to the best player of this generation then you should give it always to Lionel Messi.

"Chelsea also played an incredible season (so far)".

Lionel Messi is now tied with five Ballon D'Or trophies with his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo and is expected to take a lead in 2019 ceremony.

Dijk, who became UEFA's best player in 2019, remains in contention with stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the 2019 Ballon d'Or. It would be lovely if he won it.

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"The news will be sure to upset Liverpool fans, who would have been hoping that Virgil van Dijk would pick up the trophy after an incredible 2019 for the Reds. That's how it is", Klopp said. He finished sixth at the The Best FIFA Awards earlier this year, which Messi won.

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe believes he doesn't deserve to win this year's Ballon d'Or but thinks he could clinch the honour as his career progresses.

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