By Andy Hampson, Press Association
Published: 23:47 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 23:47 GMT, 1 December 2019
Virgil Van Dijk already feels like a winner after being nominated for this year's Ballon d'Or.
The winner of the prestigious award for the world's best player will be announced at a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday.
Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is favourite to take the prize for a record sixth time but inspirational Liverpool defender Van Dijk is expected to provide strong competition.
Virgil Van Dijk already feels like a winner after being nominated for this year's Ballon d'Or
Holland international Van Dijk, a cornerstone of Liverpool's Champions League success last season and UEFA Player of the Year, came second to Messi in the voting for FIFA World Player of the Year in September.