FIFPro announced the nominees for their World XI this morning, and despite both Mo Salah and Sadio Mane making the list of 15 forwards shortlisted, Roberto Firmino has been shockingly left off the list.
While it’s little to surprise to see both Salah and Mane on there, with Salah arguably being the best player in the world last season and Mane being instrumental in us reaching the Champions League final, it seems as if Firmino has once again been overlooked, this time by his peers.
Not only did he manage to score a respectable 15 league goals, but his record in the Champions League was sublime, picking up 10 goals and 8 assists in just 13 matches – surely numbers which would make him worthy of the shortlist.
When you consider the likes of Romelu Lukaku, who scored only one more league goal than Firmino and half the amount of goals in the Champions League picked up a nomination, it puts the process under scrutiny.
Unsurprisingly, Virgil Van Dijk made the list of the top 15 defenders, and having seen the impact he’s made on Liverpool’s defence since his arrival in January, it’s good to see this recognised by his fellow professionals.
Although he often deals with his fair amount of criticism, Dejan Lovren also deservedly makes the list after being key in helping Liverpool and Croatia reach the Champions League final and the World Cup final respectively – a real achievement, although he faces a battle on his hands to regain his place from Joe Gomez, who has started the season fantastically next to Van Dijk.