Liverpool are in the running for a prestigious Laureus Sports Award.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have been nominated on the back of their stunning campaign last season – before their astonishing collapse this time around.
Defeat to Everton in last weekend’s Merseyside earned the Toffees their first derby win anywhere since 2010, while Liverpool have now lost four successive home games for the first time since 1923.
The Reds are up against five rivals for the Laureus Team of the Year Award.
Also included in their category are Champions League holders and Bundesliga league leaders Bayern Munich, Argentina’s men’s rugby team, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Lakers and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team.
The Formula 1 world champion signed a new one-year contract with Mercedes for the 2021 season, earlier this month.
Hamilton became the sport’s most successful driver ever in 2020, breaking Michael Schumacher’s all-time win record and drawing level with the German’s seven titles.
Hamilton said last week: “Our team has achieved incredible things together.
“We look forward to building on our success even further, while continuously looking to improve, both on and off the track.”
Part of the new deal involves a commitment from Mercedes to continue to work with Hamilton on seeking “greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport”.
They will work on creating a new joint charitable foundation and Hamilton says the manufacturer has been “extremely supportive” on the issue.