International football once again takes centre stage this weekend, so here’s a rundown of which Liverpool players are plying their trade where.
For the last time this year, domestic action is replaced by the (relative) boredom of an international break.
Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday was not a good way to sign off for two weeks, and leaves a rather bitter taste until they visit Man City on 22nd November.
Due to injuries, there’s actually only nine Liverpool players away on international duty this week.
Here’s a round-up of who is representing their country, and where:
- Missing through injury: Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Jon Flanagan, Jordan Rossiter, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Lazar Markovic, Jordon Ibe.
- Not involved: Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure, Jose Enrique, Tiago Ilori
Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana – England
The English duo will likely feature for the Three Lions in two friendlies, against Spain and France on Friday (ITV 7:30pm) and Tuesday (ITV 7:30pm), respectively.
Places in Roy Hodgson’s starting eleven are up for grabs ahead of next summer’s Euros, but while Clyne’s inclusion at right-back looks almost nailed on, Lallana is yet to convince on a consistent basis.
Simon Mignolet, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi – Belgium
Liverpool’s Belgian trio have all been called up for their side’s home friendlies against Italy and Spain, which like England, take place on Friday and Tuesday evening.
Benteke and Origi are battling with Romelu Lukaku to be Belgium’s first-choice striker going into next summer, with the Everton man the current favourite to get the nod.
Mignolet remains second-choice goalkeeper behind Thibaut Courtois.
Martin Skrtel – Slovakia
Skrtel is Slovakia’s captain these days, and he will lead his country out at home to Switzerland on Friday, and against Iceland four days later.
The 30-year-old will win his 77th and 78th cap in the process, as he continues to forge an impressive international career.
Emre Can – Germany
The 21-year-old has again been selected for the current world champions, as they prepare for a couple of high-profile friendlies.
Can will hope to feature away to France on Friday or at home to bitter rivals Holland on Tuesday, with the ex-Bayer Leverkusen man looking to cement a place in Joachim Low’s squad for the foreseeable future.
Joe Allen – Wales
Fresh off the back of helping Wales qualify for their first major tournament in almost 50 years, Allen has been selected for his country’s home friendly with an out-of-sorts Holland side on Friday night.
The 25-year-old is more of a big name for his country compared to at Liverpool, and will be seen as an important player next summer.
Adam Bogdan- Hungary
The Reds’ second-choice ‘keeper has been named in Hungary’s squad for their crucial two-legged Euro 2016 play-off against Norway (1st leg- Sky Sports 3, Thursday 7:20pm).
Whether the 28-year-old starts remains to be seen- Gabor Kiraly is the likely No.1- but victory over the Scandinavian side would seal Bogdan a place in France next year.
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