Jurgen Klopp wants Steven Gerrard to replace him as Liverpool manager

Jurgen Klopp wants Steven Gerrard to replace him as Liverpool manager

Jurgen Klopp wants Steven Gerrard to replace him as Liverpool manager

The Liverpool talisman was regarded as one of the frontrunners for the award with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and team-mate Virgil Van Dijk.

Federation Internationale de Football Association appear to have landed themselves in hot water in the wake of their "The Best" awards ceremony on Monday, as representatives from Sudan and Nicaragua have claimed that they did not vote for Lionel Messi to win men's best player - despite the published ballots showing they did.

FIFA said this week in a statement released to Omnisport that Egypt's votes were not counted as they seemed "not valid" due to signatures in capital letters and world football's governing body has again moved to clarify the issue.

The German head coach won his first piece of silverware as Liverpool FC boss last season following a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.

"I don't know how long he will be out for, we hope he can return to the team soon", Valverde told a news conference.

Reacting to the comments, Gerrard said: "I was surprised and flattered at the same time".

They each won the last two FIFA World Player of the Year awards - Ronaldo in 2008 and Messi in 2009 - as well as the Ballons d'Or in those years.

United States co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the women's top award after helping her country to the World Cup title this year in a tournament considered to be a milestone in the development and expansion of women's football internationally.

Messi has been ruled out of the trip at Getafe and will be fighting to be fit in time for Barca's Champions League game at home to Inter Milan next Wednesday and a hard league match at home to Sevilla the following Sunday.

Salah appeared to be upset when FIFA's full list of voting was released without his country's selections, reportedly removing a reference to Egypt from his Twitter bio.

In FIFA's voting breakdown, though, votes for Messi, Sadio Mane in second and Ronaldo in third place were registered for the surprised Barrera.

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