Jurgen Klopp has described the domination of Liverpool players in the shortlist for the 2019 Ballon d’Or as not surprising.
Concise News had reported that there are seven Liverpool players in the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or award.
The 30-man shortlist included Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum.
While reacting to the release of the Ballon d’Or shortlist, the former Bayern Munich gaffer said his players deserved the nomination due to their showing last term.
“I am not sure who is not on the list from our boys! It is nice,” he was quoted as saying by the club’s website.
“We have had so much attention and reward for the things that happened last year and that’s all good. There is one more big day and then last season is closed.
“The boys deserved it. It is the big one and I am not sure it happened too often that seven players from one club were on the shortlist and that’s good.
“In the end, someone will decide it. It’s nice and it’s what the boys deserve for the season they played last year.”
The winner of the 2019 Ballon d’Or will be announced in Paris, the French capital, on December 2.
Hard Times For Pochettino
Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he could be sacked as the coach of the North London side if there is no change of fortunes at the club.
The North London club have had one of their poorest start to the season this term, recording only three wins in nine domestic encounters.
Over the weekend, Spurs drew 1-1 with bottom-of-the-table Watford in the Premier League.
The Argentine believes if there is no turn around in the club’s fortune soon, he may get the boot.
“Our performance is not as good as we can deliver,” Pochettino told Reuters. “Of course we need to improve.
“On the other side, there are all of the rumours that happen at any club when you don’t win but it doesn’t mean they’re true.
“I understand this business. I’m 47 – why do you think I don’t have grey hair? Because I don’t pay attention to any of this. I only pay attention that we need to improve our performances.
“If we don’t improve our performance, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same in football and you are thinking the same as me.”