The bedrock on which Liverpool built their Champions League triumph, the 28-year-old also captained his country to the Nations League final and was named UEFA Men's Player of the Year in August.
The first victor with a strong Anfield connection came in the form of Kevin Keegan. Their respective sides won thanks to their goals and they have passed their final evaluations.
"Messi and Ronaldo's statistics continue to astound everyone and they both had incredible years with Barcelona and Juventus, but that has become the norm for those two". Alisson suffered a rare rush of blood to the head and his moment of madness - rushing out of his box and handling the ball after misjudging a pass - cost the Reds a goal and almost the points.
Sadio Mane celebrates Virgil Van Dijk goal with Robert Firmino celebration imitation during their Premier League match vs Brighton. The things that can go against him is a poor Copa America campaign where he failed to propel his Argentina side to the title.
Victor of the Golden Glove award in all three of those competitions, the Reds No.1 is threatening to tread some very hallowed ground where goalkeepers are concerned. Michael Hincks was at the Wanda Metropolitano to watch the Argentine produce the goods once more on the eve of the Ballon d'Or announcement.
It was a hard game for Liverpool as they sneaked to a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
He's still only 21 years of age but Alexander-Arnold's two assists in the 2-1 win over Brighton at Anfield yesterday means he's now on 18 assists in his Premier League career.
Liverpool FC have been the team to beat in the Premier League so far this season, and Jurgen Klopp's men are now flying high at the top of the table. "That's how it is", said Klopp.
Speaking about the award, Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard admitted that, although he is a fan of Messi, he thinks Van Dijk deserves it more. "I don't know exactly how it will work but that's how I see it".
Klopp: Best player of last season?
"If it's for the best player, the best player at all, and of all, then it's Lionel, (but if it is for) best player of last season, (then it's) Virgil". We'll see. There's no loser there, there's only a victor.
The wait to find out is nearly over.