The 5-2 Merseyside derby win over Everton maintained an eight-point lead over Leicester but meant they have yet to have a shut-out in all 12 matches at Anfield this season.
As Lionel Messi picked up his record sixth Ballon d’Or on Monday night, there was some debate over whether he was a deserving recipient of the award on this occasion.
It wasn’t just the Ronaldo fanboy army mobilising this time (although they very much did), but several reasonable observers felt that – in a year in which he’d won the Champions League – the imperious Virgil van Dijk was a more worthy candidate.
The Reds opened up an 11-point lead over City at the weekend following their win over Brighton, leading many to speculate that the Premier League title race is already over.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil Van Dijk should have won the Ballon d’Or but understands why Lionel Messi lifted it for a sixth time.
The Holland captain came second to the Argentina forward despite having a huge influence on the Reds winning the Champions League and overcoming Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-final.
Lionel Messi pipped Virgil van Dijk to the Ballon d’Or award on Monday night. The honour is decided by journalists from 176 countries. Here’s the breakdown…
The 30-man shortlist in the order they finished:
Virgil van Dijk has been criticised by Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister Katia Aveiro after he joked about the Juventus forward’s no-show at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony.
Lionel Messi has won a record sixth Ballon d’Or crown at a ceremony in Paris.
The Barcelona star moved ahead of great rival Cristiano Ronaldo to take outright ownership of the record, seeing off Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk and Juventus’ Ronaldo.
Barcelona forward and skipper, Lionel Messi beat Virgil van Dijk to the Ballon d’Or to win football’s most prestigious individual prize for a record sixth time.
The Barcelona and Argentina skipper picks up his unprecedented sixth Ballon d’or award after winning in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or for the 6th time.
Messi took home the prize ahead of Liverpool and Netherlands player Virgil van Dijk, who took second place.
The Barcelona star’s long time rival and five-time winner, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid, came third.