Liverpool's veteran midfielder Gary McAllister has been short-listed with Bayern Munich's Stefan Effenberg and Real Madrid's Raul for the award of Europe's most valuable player of last season. The 36-year-old Scot enjoyed a dream season and produced his very best form when it really mattered to help Liverpool to a treble of FA, League and UEFA Cups.

His transfer to Anfield from Coventry City in the summer of 2000 surprised even him but he shows no sign of losing his touch four months short of his 37th birthday. The proof of his quality comes from his fellow nominees. Effenberg enjoyed a fantastic season and was the dominant force behind Bayern's Champions League triumph.

Raul, who has also been nominated for the best forward award, had a similar influence in Real's run to the semi-finals and Spanish title. The award, one of six, will be made at UEFA's Gala, held on Thursday in Monte Carlo a day before the Super Cup match between Bayern and Liverpool.

Award categories and nominees:

Best goalkeeper

Fabien Barthez (Manchester United); Santiago Canizares (Valencia); Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)

Best defender

Fabian Ayala (Valencia); Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich); Jaap Stam (Manchester United)

Best midfielder

Luis Figo (Real Madrid); Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia - his club last season); Patrick Vieira (Arsenal)

Best forward

Giovane Elber (Bayern Munich); Thierry Henry (Arsenal); Raul (Real Madrid)

Most valuable player

Stefan Effenberg (Bayern Munich); Gary McAllister (Liverpool); Raul (Real Madrid)

Best coach award

Vicente Del Bosque (Real Madrid); Ottmar Hitzfield (Bayern Munich); Gerard Houllier (Liverpool)

Filed by Sinéad Kissane