sport news Liverpool earn double nomination at 20th Laureus World Sports Awards

Liverpool are nominated for Team and Comeback of the Year at 20th Laureus World Sports Awards as Barcelona star Lionel Messi battles it out with Rafael Nadal and Tiger Woods for Sportsman gong ahead of glitzy bash in Berlin Liverpool lead the way in the nominations for the Laureus World Sports Awards Their Champions League win could earn them the Team and Comeback of 2019 Toronto Raptors, Mercedes and Andy Murray are also in the running in Berlin Lionel Messi faces tough competition in the Sportsman of the Year category Coco Gauff and boxer Andy Ruiz are both up for the Breakthrough of the Year 

By Joe Strange for MailOnline

Published: 13:00 GMT, 15 January 2020 | Updated: 13:00 GMT, 15 January 2020

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Liverpool have earned a double nomination at this year's prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards after their incredible Champions League triumph last season.

Jurgen Klopp and his players are in the running for the Team of the Year having lifted the trophy in Madrid, and Comeback of the Year for their memorable victory against Barcelona in the semi-final second leg at Anfield.

The Reds are strong contenders for both awards at the landmark 20th anniversary of the ceremony, which will recognise sporting achievement during 2019.

Liverpool have been nominated for Team of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards

Liverpool have been nominated for Team of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards

The Reds' stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona is also nominated for Comeback of the Year

The Reds' stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona is also nominated for Comeback of the Year

They face competition in the Team of the Year category from Formula One's Mercedes, who won the constructors' title for the sixth season running, and the US women's football team, who were victorious in last summer's World Cup.

Canadian basketball franchise the Toronto Raptors, who won the NBA Finals last year, are also up for the award, along with Rugby World Cup winners South Africa and FIBA Basketball World Cup gold medallists Spain.

Liverpool's brilliant 4-0 win over Barca in May, which saw them overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit, is up against Andy Murray for Comeback of the Year, after the former British No 1 battled back from a serious hip problem and the brink of retirement to win the European Open in Antwerp.

Toronto Raptors have been nominated for Team of the Year after winning the NBA Finals

Toronto Raptors have been nominated for Team of the Year after winning the NBA Finals

Andy Murray is also in the running after fighting back from injury to win the European Open

Andy Murray is also in the running after fighting back from injury to win the European Open

Also nominated are German racing driver Sophia Floersch, who fought back from a spinal fracture suffered in a serious crash to start competing again, and Australian rugby star Christian Lealiifano, who returned to action after battling leukaemia.

Elsewhere, Barcelona star Lionel Messi goes up against Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal, Lewis Hamilton, Marc Marquez and Eliud Kipchoge for the Sportsman of the Year award. 

The Argentine won his sixth Ballon d'Or last year, while Woods completed a remarkable comeback to win The Masters and Nadal lifted both the French and US Open trophies to make it 19 Grand Slam titles.

Hamilton was crowned F1 world champion for the sixth

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