The Netherlands registered a 4-2 win over Germany in Hamburg as the home side failed to pick up a point for the first time in the campaign.
Virgil van Dijk denied Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the European title last week and the same trio are in the running for the FIFA accolade to be announced in Milan on September 23.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were seen together during the UEFA Champions League draw on Thursday at Monaco.
Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk won the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award on Thursday, edging out Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Liverpool are aiming to end a 30-year wait to win the Premier League after missing out by only one point to Manchester City last season and laid down an early marker in the title race.
Portugal added the inaugural Nations League title to their Euro 2016 triumph
Manchester City have a game in hand, at home to Leicester City on Monday, but Liverpool refuse to give up in their pursuit of a first Premier League title for 29 years.
Virgil van Dijk has starred in a hugely improved Liverpool defence that has kept 20 clean sheets and conceded a mere 20 goals in the current campaign.
Virgil Van Dijk believes Liverpool can use their Champions League escape against Napoli as a springboard to win Europe's elite club competition.
The draw against Germany was enough to send the Netherlands into the Nations League knockout stages as Group One winners.
Liverpool duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands won to send Germany to the bottom of Nations League Group A1.
Ronald Koeman's second game at the helm saw goals from Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk seal an impressive win.
Liverpool are third in the table, two points behind Manchester United after just one defeat in their past 19 Premier League matches.
Liverpool had led 1-0 at the break after James Milner converted from the penalty spot but Everton looked to have secured a replay when Gylfi Sigurdsson equalised midway through the second half.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has remained determined to sign Van Dijk as he tries to shore up a leaky defence that has fatally damaged Liverpool's Premier League title ambitions.