European champions Liverpool have had FIVE players named in the UEFA.com fans’ Team of the Year.
Every season, UEFA asks supporters who they believe were the best of the bunch throughout the year – and unsurprisingly Jurgen Klopp’s men have cleaned in for the 2019 awards.
The Reds last June defeated Tottenham 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid to claim their sixth European Cup, and, inevitably, that has seen their players boast just under half of the XI – which is littered with top talents from across the continent.
Ballon d’Or runner up Virgil van Dijk, who was named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year, got the nod in defence, along with full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson.
Shot-stopper Alisson was chosen as man between the sticks in the line-up, while Sadio Mane has a place in attack.
The only other Premier League player to make the team was Manchester City’s Belgian playmaker Kevin de Bruyne.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were once again included, along with red-hot Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski.
Matthijs De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong were also voted in having played instrumental roles in Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals, and their good form for the clubs they would later join – Juventus and Barcelona respectively.
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Juventus superstar Ronaldo has made history with his inclusion, becoming the first player to be selected for the XI 14 times after helping Portugal win the inaugural UEFA Nations League last summer.
You can look at the team in full, below…
Alisson (Liverpool and Brazil)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool and England)
Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool and Netherlands)
Matthijs de Ligt (AFC Ajax/Juventus and Netherlands)
Andy Robertson (Liverpool & Scotland)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Belgium)
Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona and Netherlands)
Lionel Messi (Barcelona and Argentina)
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern München and Poland)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus and Portugal)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool and Senegal)