Thursday saw two more Liverpool players confirmed to be going to the World Cup, with three more to learn their fate in the coming days. Here’s today’s Liverpool news round up.
Trent makes the cut, but will he play?
Alexander-Arnold’s place would have been less certain if Reece James was fit, with the Chelsea right-back missing out due to a knee injury.
During the last international break, Southgate said he felt Kieran Trippier’s all-round game was “ahead” of Alexander-Arnold’s.
Those comments leave you wondering whether the 24-year-old will actually end up featuring in Qatar, but the player himself will be relieved to have made the squad.
Virgil van Dijk and Darwin Nunez are expected to feature for the Netherlands and Uruguay, respectively, while it remains to be seen whether Thiago will be included for Spain. Netherlands and Spain are expected to confirm their squads on Friday.
3 things today: A new boss for our next opponents
- Nathan Jones has been confirmed as Southampton‘s new manager and will be in charge for their trip to Anfield this Saturday. No new manager bounce just yet, please.
- Caoimhin Kelleher had a good night last night, and has today been included in Ireland’s squad for their internationals with Norway and Malta this month.
- Trent Kone-Doherty scored on his Liverpool U21s debut as they beat Dinamo Zagreb B 2-0 on Wednesday night.
A great night for Kelleher and the kids!
- Kelleher etched his name into the club’s record books with his shootout prowess on Wednesday. These incredible stats prove he really is the penalty king.
- Derby manager Paul Warne was in good form after his side’s penalty shootout defeat with brilliant words about “seven-foot” Jurgen Klopp and “respectful” Liverpool.
- Kelleher’s change of gloves was one of four things fans were talking about after the Reds’ Carabao Cup victory.
Latest chat from elsewhere
- The headline from England’s World Cup squad was James Maddison’s inclusion, with the Leicester midfielder’s only previous cap coming three years ago.
- Elsewhere, Germany were among the other nations to confirm their squad today, with Mario Gotze included, having not represented his country in five years himself!
- Southgate explained the inclusion of Man United defender Harry Maguire over the likes of AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori by insisting Maguire remains one of England’s best centre-backs.
Video of the day and match of the night
How good is this from Derby manager Paul Warne after last night’s game at Anfield? A class act.