There will be seven Liverpool players involved at the Qatar World Cup, but how does that compare to the Reds’ Premier League rivals?
The vast majority of the squads were confirmed last week, with seven Liverpool players set to feature at the tournament.
Alisson and Fabinho will both be involved for Brazil, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson are in England’s squad, Ibrahima Konate will be with holders France, Virgil van Dijk with Netherlands and Darwin Nunez with Uruguay.
Premier League clubs with most players at World Cup
Man City – 16
Man United – 14
Chelsea – 12
Tottenham – 11
Arsenal – 10
Brighton – 8
Liverpool – 7
Leicester – 7
Fulham – 6
Brentford – 6
Nottingham Forest – 5
Newcastle – 5
West Ham – 5
Wolves – 5
Aston Villa – 4
Everton – 4
Leeds – 3
Bournemouth – 2
Crystal Palace – 2
Southampton – 2
For City, Erling Haaland, Riyad Mahrez, Sergio Gomez and Stefan Ortega are the only senior players who won’t be involved in Qatar.
That could have ramifications when Liverpool face Pep Guardiola’s side in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Thursday, December 22, with the Reds potentially in a position to name a stronger side than their counterparts, depending on which players play in the latter stages of the tournament.
United will have Brazilian trio Casemiro, Fred and Antony involved, as well as England’s Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford, and Christian Eriksen, Raphael Varane, Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Facundo Pellistri, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez.
Interestingly, Brighton have more players going to the World Cup than Liverpool, with Pervis Estupinan, Moises Caicedo and Jeremy Sarmiento representing Ecuador, Kauro Mitoma with Japan, Leandro Trossard with Belgium, Robert Sanchez with Spain, Alexis Mac Allister with Argentina and Tariq Lamptey with Ghana.
The Liverpool players who won’t be at the tournament will take part in a mid-season training camp in Dubai, something Klopp is referring to as another ‘pre-season’, before a vital second period of the campaign.
Liverpool players not at the World Cup
Caoimhin Kelleher, Adrian, Joe Gomez, Kostas Tsimikas, Calvin Ramsay, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Nat Phillips, Thiago, Stefan Bajcetic, James Milner, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Arthur (injured) Fabio Carvalho, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota (injured)