However, if it is given to the best player of last season, "then it was Virgil van Dijk", he added.
"I'll give it to a Liverpool player". If Sadio had won AFCON with Senegal, there would have been no debate. Or Momo (Salah), who is one of my friends.
A total of 15 Premier League players take positions on the final 30-man shortlist, in what is the most dominant offering from English football in the history of the awards.
Van Dijk played a major part in Liverpool's Champions League campaign last season as he helped the Reds lift a historic sixth Champions League title.
'Messi. In individual terms, he was the best this year.' said Mbappe when recently asked by German publication Der Spiegel who he thought would win the award.
Kylian Mbappe tipped Barcelona's Lionel Messi to win the Ballon d'Or and admitted that he has suffered from bouts of self-doubt during an injury-plagued year at Paris Saint-Germain. Jurgen Klopp said Virgil van Dijk was instrumental for both club and country.
"If it's for the best player of all, then it's Lionel". Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to finish third in the race.
The Netherlands worldwide is the favourite to win the Ballon d'Or at next Monday's ceremony, although he faces stiff competition from Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Reds are yet to lose in the league and now sit eight points clear at the top of the table with their coach hopeful they can remain focused for the next six months.