Liverpool were drawn against Napoli, Red Bull Salzburg and Belgian side Genk this evening as the Champions League draw for 2019/20 was revealed.
Reds fans were understandably delighted with that, given it was a much easier draw, on paper at least, than the one the club faced last season, but that was not the only thing that was announced by UEFA this evening.
As well as the draw, several awards for the last campaign were handed out, including Alisson being named the goalkeeper of the tournament and Virgil van Dijk winning Defender of the Tournament and also Player of the Year.
With the POTY award going his way, Reds fans were queueing up on Twitter to predict that the next individual honour he will collect is the Ballon d’Or, which will be announced in December.
— Misbah (@Misbah278) August 29, 2019
van dijk one step closer to the ballon d’or
— darell (@0k0ks) August 29, 2019
— Sakyibea Ofori (@sakyibeaofori1) August 29, 2019
Virgil van Dijk deserves Ballon D’or.
— Ak (@akmatt23) August 29, 2019
Well deserved! Ballon d'or next.
For those of you mentioning how many goals Ronaldo and Messi scored last season, be reminded that Virgil van Dijk is a defender and currently the best in world in that position with a UCL trophy to cap it all.#UCLdraw #UEFAChampionsLeague https://t.co/aRvWhv4Vou
— Prins 👑 (@RRipple_s) August 29, 2019
Virgil Van Dijk with #LFC:
🏆 Champions League Winner
🏆 Super Cup Winner
🥈 Nations League finalist
🥇 PFA Player of the Year
🥇 UCL Player of the Year
🥇 UCL Defender of the Year
💪🏻 Most clean sheets in PL & UCL
📆 Not dribbled past for a year
Ballon d’ Or next? 🏆 pic.twitter.com/D1LBWSAQpP
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) August 29, 2019
Van Dijk beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the UEFA POTY award – so there’s no reason to think he can’t do the same thing for the Ballon d’Or gong. Fingers crossed!