Study: Liverpool have the sixth-most active internationals in the Premier League

14 November 2015
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Liverpool have the sixth-most active senior internationals of any club in the Premier League, according to the CIES Football Observatory.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - Sunday, November 16, 2014: Wales' James Chester in action against Belgium's Divock Origi during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group B game at the King Baudouin [Heysel] Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The CIES Football Observatory studied the percentage of squad members from each Premier League side to played for their senior national team since the beginning of 2015.

The study showed that 50 percent of the Liverpool squad made an appearance for their international sides this year.

This leaves the Reds sixth in terms of active internationals in the Premier League.

Manchester United possess the most, with 72 percent, while Chelsea (66.7%), Arsenal (64%), Tottenham Hotspur (64%) and Manchester City (55.6%) make up the rest of the top six.

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Only 39.3 percent of Merseyside rivals Everton‘s squad played for their national team this year.

Europe-wide, Liverpool are the 15th-most successful team in terms of development senior internationals, ahead of Roma (48.1%), Napoli (48.1%), Borussia Dortmund (48%), Bayern Munich (47.8%) and Porto (45.8%) in the top 20.

Only nine of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad were called up for international duty this week, with Simon Mignolet, Christian Benteke, Emre Can, Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel, Adam Lallana, Joe Allen, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Bogdan all selected.

However, this is largely due to a number of debilitating injury issues within the German’s ranks.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 8, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp utilised the international break, and the international omission of first-team stars such as Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, to organise a behind-closed-doors friendly on Friday.

Lining up at Melwood, Liverpool took on a Wolves side that included former Reading and Cardiff City striker Adam Le Fondre.

With Coutinho scoring twice and Firmino adding another, the Reds ran out 3-2 victors.

Klopp used this opportunity to oversee the development of loan stars Sheyi Ojo and Sergi Canos, who both came on as substitutes, with Ojo providing the assist for Coutinho’s second.

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Eighteen-year-old summer signing Allan also featured, assisting on Coutinho’s first, while U18s captain Trent Alexander-Arnold supplied Firmino with an easy finish after a lung-bursting run from right-back.

Klopp will be hoping to see the likes of Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge in action as the international break continues, with the England duo stepping up their recovery from injury.


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