The 16 Liverpool players on international duty this summer

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Despite the campaign just ending, a host of Liverpool players are either set to depart or are already in action with their respective national teams.

The Reds finished their season in frustrating fashion as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday night.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side have moved on swiftly with the £39 million signing of Fabinho from Monaco, and more deals are expected in the coming weeks.

The manager will be eager to wrap up most of his business before the World Cup kicks off on June 14, as it will be considerably more difficult when targets are busy in Russia.

He will also see a group of his players leave for the tournament next month, with 10 players named on provisional and final lists for their countries.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson are both in the England squad, while Adam Lallana will report for duty four days early in a bid to make it off the standby list.

Roberto Firmino will be vying with Gabriel Jesus for a starting role for Brazil, who take on Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia, with Tite’s side among the favourites to win the World Cup.

Lining up opposite Firmino could be Marko Grujic, who is in the provisional Serbia squad for the tournament after a productive half-season on loan at Cardiff City.

SWANSEA, WALES - Tuesday, March 26, 2013:  Croatia's Dejan Lovren during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Qualifying Group A match against Wales at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by Kieran McManus/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren will be looking to follow up his strong end to the season with by continuing his solid form for Croatia, who are in Group D along with Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria.

The hopes of a nation are on the injured shoulders of Mohamed Salah, as Egypt await the verdict after Sergio Ramos’ challenge on the winger in Kyiv.

Salah is heading to Spain this week for treatment, with the Egyptian FA still hopeful he can recover for their first appearance in the World Cup since 1990.

Sadio Mane will be similarly important to his country, and he headlines the Senegal squad to take on Poland, Colombia and Japan in Group H.

He is unlikely to feature heavily due to the presence of Thibaut Courtois, but Simon Mignolet was named in Roberto Martinez’s provisional Belgium squad, while Divock Origi was left out.

Both Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum will be disappointed to miss out on the tournament as the Netherlands failed to qualify, but they are part of Ronald Koeman’s squad for friendlies against Slovakia (May 31) and Italy (June 4).

LOS ANGELES, USA - Monday, May 28, 2018: Wales' Harry Wilson during an international friendly between Mexico and Wales at the Rose Bowl. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

And though Wales also didn’t make the tournament, Harry Wilson played 64 minutes in their 0-0 draw with Mexico at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Tuesday.

Neither Danny Ward or Ben Woodburn were involved having been part of the extended squad for the Champions League final.

Naby Keita was invited to Kyiv to watch his new team-mates, but was unable to take up Klopp’s offer as he is with the Guinea squad for their training camp in El Jadida.

And Ragnar Klavan has been left out of the Estonia squad to take on Lithuania, Latvia and Morocco in order to recover from a “long-term health problem.”

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Liverpool's Liam Millar before the UEFA Youth League Group E match between Liverpool and NK Maribor at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On the youth stage, Liam Millar is part of the Canada U21s squad at the Toulon Tournament, but Ovie Ejaria was forced to pull out of England U21s duty through injury.

Adam Lewis has been with the England U19s at a training camp in La Manga, as Paul Simpson prepares his side for July’s European Championship in Finland.

Finally, Elijah Dixon-Bonner was part of the England squad that reached the semi-finals of the U17 Euros on home soil this month, losing in a penalty shootout with the Netherlands, who were eventual winners.


Liverpool Players on International Duty

Mohamed Salah, Egypt - John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Senior players called up: Mignolet, Van Dijk, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana (standby), Keita, Grujic, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Wilson

Notable youth: Lewis, Dixon-Bonner, Millar

Not involved: Karius, Ward, Grabara, Gomez (injured), Matip (retired, injured), Klavan (injured), Robertson, Clyne, Moreno, Milner (retired), Oxlade-Chamberlain (injured), Ejaria (injured), Can, Jones, Ojo, Kent, Woodburn, Solanke, Ings, Sturridge, Awoniyi (injured), Origi, Camacho

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Fan Comments