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Mane heads Reds sextet revealed to be in running for Ballon d'Or honour

Six Liverpool players were among the first 20 names revealed on the Ballon d'Or shortlist by France Football last night.

Sadio Mane was one of the nominees announced early, and was soon joined by Champions League-winning team-mates Alisson and Gini Wijnaldum.

There was further recognition for the Anfield club too when Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino were added to the list, and they were soon joined by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

There was further Premier League representation in Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva, Tottenham pair Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min, and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo was also included on what will eventually be a 30-man list, as was his former Real Madrid team-mate Karim Benzema and current Juventus colleague Matthijs de Ligt.

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