AFCON, Nations League & more – The Liverpool players on international duty this summer

4 June 2019

Days after their triumph in the Champions League final, the majority of Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool squad depart to join their national teams for duty in June.


The final in Madrid was pushed back a week due to changes in FIFA’s international calendar, which gave the victorious Reds little time to celebrate lifting No. 6.

Instead, they have left Merseyside—and the 750,000-strong crowd that welcomed them—for duty with their respective countries.

It is poised to be a busy summer, with the UEFA Nations League, Africa Cup of Nations and Copa America all set to be contested in June, before a return for pre-season with Liverpool.

Nineteen players from Klopp’s senior squad have received call-ups, with a handful of omissions.

Virgil van Dijk of Holland during the UEFA Nations League A group 1 qualifying match between The Netherlands and Germany at the Johan Cruijff Arena on October 13, 2018 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Tom Bode/VI Images/PA Images)

Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum were given a hero’s reception by the rest of the Netherlands squad ahead of their Nations League semi-final against England.

Gareth Southgate has called up Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson for the Three Lions, with Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge left out.

The winner of that semi-final will play either Portugal or Switzerland in the final, with Xherdan Shaqiri set to represent the latter.

Other nations will play qualifiers for Euro 2020, with Dejan Lovren (Croatia), Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi (both Belgium), Andy Robertson (Scotland), Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn (both Wales) all in action.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Wednesday, June 27, 2018: Brazil's goalkeeper Alisson Becker during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group E match between Serbia and Brazil at the Spartak Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brazil are hosts for this year’s Copa America, and both Alisson and Roberto Firmino have received the call-up, though incredibly Fabinho has missed out.

Sadio Mane is part of Senegal’s 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, with Mohamed Salah set to lead the Pharaohs into the tournament.

Meanwhile, Naby Keita was named in Guinea’s provisional squad, but it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to return from an adductor injury that ruled him out of the Champions League final.

And with the CONCACAF Gold Cup being primarily held in the United States, Liam Millar will join the Canada squad as they take their place in Group A alongside Mexico, Cuba and Martinique.

Elsewhere, Caoimhin Kelleher is in the Republic of Ireland U21s squad for the Toulon Tournament, as is the recently departed Conor Masterson.

Kamil Grabara is likely to be No. 1 for Poland at the U21 Euros, with his main rival for the gloves, Bartlomiej Dragowski, pulling out due to injury.

October 25, 2017 - Kolkata, West Bengal, India - England Rhian Brewster (jersey 9) celebrates England win against Brazil at the FIFA U 17 World Cup India 2017 Semi Final match in Kolkata. Players of England and Brazil in action during the FIFA U 17 World Cup India 2017 Semi Final match on October 25, 2017 in Kolkata. (Credit Image: © Saikat Paul/Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire)

Along with Fabinho, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sturridge, the likes of Alberto Moreno, Marko Grujic, Rafa Camacho, Rhian Brewster and Curtis Jones won’t be with their national teams, while Joel Matip and James Milner are both retired.

Anderson Arroyo is currently with Colombia at the U20 World Cup in Poland, and is expected to start in their quarter-final against Ukraine on June 7.

Vitezslav Jaros (Czech Republic U18s), Rhys Williams and Abdi Sharif (both England U18s) all played in the Slovakia Cup in May.


Liverpool’s Summer Internationals

Andy Robertson of Scotland during the International Friendly match at Hampden Park, Glasgow. Picture date 7th September 2018. Picture credit should read: Richard Lee/Sportimage via PA Images

Senior players called up: Alisson, Mignolet, Kelleher, Grabara, Van Dijk, Gomez, Lovren, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Mane, Firmino, Origi, Shaqiri, Wilson, Woodburn

Notable youth: Arroyo, Millar

Not involved: Matip (retired), Moreno, Fabinho, Milner (retired), Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Grujic, Jones, Camacho, Sturridge, Brewster

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