Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is one of three nominees for the 2018-19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.

The Netherlands captain was a formidable presence throughout the Reds’ run to UEFA Champions League glory last season.

Widely tipped to be in contention for numerous individual accolades in recognition of his form in 2018-19, van Dijk has been confirmed on the shortlist for the UEFA prize alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The winner will be announced Aug. 29 at the group-stage draw for the 2019-20 Champions League.

Van Dijk is among five Reds players shortlisted for UEFA’s positional awards, joining Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane.

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