Liverpool players joined a growing list of football players in expressing their support after the killing of George Floyd in the US.
Jaap Stam said although he would have liked compatriot Virgil van Van Dijk to have won the Ballon d'Or, Lionel Messi deserved the award.
Goals from Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a 2-0 win over rival Manchester United.
After winning the Ballon d'Or for the sixth time, Lionel Messi said he is aware of how old he is and that retirement is approaching.
Jurgen Klopp believes Virgil van Dijk would have been a worthy winner of the Ballon d'Or but understands why Lionel Messi lifted it for a sixth time.
Premier League: Virgil van Dijk said that Liverpool are taking it one game at a time and that there are many matches to go before the season ends
FIFA Best Player 2019: FIFA gave out the Ferenc Puskas Award for the spectacular goal scored by teenager Daniel Zsori of Hungarian club Debrecen.
FIFA Best Player 2019: Lionel Messi won the FIFA Men's Player of the Year award on Monday with Megan Rapinoe bagging the women's prize.
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.