UEFA announce 12-man shortlist for Champions League 2018/19 Player of the Season


UEFA have announced their shortlist of nominees for the 2018/19 Champions League positional awards. 

They will honour the best goalkeeper, defender, midfielder and forward from last season's tournament, with the results announced on August 29. 

After winning the trophy in Madrid, Liverpool are well represented on the shortlist, with Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane all making the cut. 

But one big name misses out - Mohamed Salah. 

The Egyptian scored the opening goal against Tottenham in June's final at the Wanda Metropolitano and also scored four more en-route to the showpiece event. 

Salah netted against Red Star Belgrade and Napoli in the group stage, as well as Porto in the last eight. 

He also provided two assists, one against Porto and another against Bayern Munich, to further help his team progress. 

Instead though, UEFA have nominated his forward partner Mane as well as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the award. 


Interestingly, Liverpool's number 10 scored four goals and assisted three in the Champions League last season, so Salah has a right to feel hard-done-by the snub. 

However, with Messi scoring 12 and assisting three, and Ronaldo contributing to eight goals throughout the tournament, it's hard to imagine Mane will be scooping the award himself. 

The full shortlist is as follows: 

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona). 

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax, now Juventus), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool). 

Midfielders: Frenkie de Jong (Ajax, now Barcelona), Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Forwards: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus). 

Liverpool v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg

According to a statement on UEFA's website, the nominations were picked by a jury compiled of coaches and journalists. 

"The jury comprised the coaches of the 32 clubs in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage, together with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from every UEFA member association. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams." 

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