Why only 7 Liverpool players can go to the World Cup – and how does that compare to rivals – Liverpool FC

With less than two months left until Liverpool’s World Cup season is paused, there are only seven members Jürgen KloppThe team that looks most likely to make the trip to Qatar as things stand.

On Monday, news about The omission of Trent Alexander Arnold The England side facing Germany led to plenty of conversations about whether Liverpool right-back would be in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the World Cup.

As of today, it certainly looks like he’s out of action, given the fact that he was left out of England’s squad for their pre-tournament final match.

If Alexander-Arnold misses the match, only seven players from Liverpool could be involved in Qatar.

So, as things stand, which of the players looks most likely to play in the World Cup, and how does all of this compare to Liverpool Premier League rivals?

The seven Liverpool players most likely to leave

Dutchman Virgil van Dijk's reaction after the final whistle during the international friendly match at Amsterdam Arena

Let’s start with the Brazilians. AlisonAnd the Fabinho And the Roberto Firmino They have all been included in Tite’s squad for their international matches in September with Ghana and Tunisia, and will fantasize about their chances of playing in Qatar.

Firmino is perhaps the biggest question mark, with the likes ArsenalBrilliant duo Gabriel Martinelli and Gabriel Jesus are waiting in the wings if ninth-placed Liverpool fail to score.

captain netherlands Virgil van Dijk He will feature, with Louis van Gaal’s team in good shape heading into the championship.

Assuming that Alexander Arnold errs, Jordan Henderson He is likely to be the only Liverpool player in the England squad.

The last two people looking to be certain of participating in Qatar are Portugal Diogo Jota and Uruguay Darwin Nunez.

Who could miss?

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday 12 November 2021: England substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group A qualifier match between England and Albania at Wembley Stadium.  England won 5-0.  (Pic David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

if Alexander Arnold He was not included in Southgate’s final squad, and his absence would certainly be a major omission.

What might work in his favour is the fact that teams can name 26 players on their teams, as opposed to 23 in the previous World Cup.

Ibrahima Konate It seems unlikely that he will be included in the France squad after missing the start of the season due to injury, while Joe Gomez And the Alex Oxlade Chamberlain I haven’t played for England for some time.

Although he has recently returned to fitness, thiago He was not included in Spain’s squad for international players in September, which suggests he is unlikely to make the trip to Qatar, and the tournament will likely come a year or two early for the likes of Curtis JonesAnd the Harvey Elliott And the Fabio Carvalho.

Arthur The last appearance of Brazil was in March, but he was not in the last squad.

Then there are those whose countries did not qualify or who have retired from international service. Caoimhin KelleherAnd the Joel MatipAnd the Andy RobertsonAnd the Costas TsimikasAnd the James MilnerAnd the Naby KeitaAnd the Mohamed Salah And the Luis Diaz Everyone will be watching from afar.

What about Liverpool’s rivals in the English Premier League?

Leicester, England - Saturday 30 July 2022: Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp (right) and Manchester City coach Josep Pep Guardiola during the FA Shield match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at King Power Stadium.  Liverpool won 3-1.  (Pic David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Could the fact that Liverpool have so few players going to the World Cup be a positive thing? Probably.

ManchesterFor example, there are likely to be around 16 players in Qatar, including the likes of Ederson, Robin Dias, Joao Cancelo, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden. All the major players.

It’s a similar story to Chelsea, which can have up to 14 or 15 players in a World Cup. Edward Mindy, thiago They will include Silva, Kalidou Coulibaly, Reese James, N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling.

Current League Leaders Arsenal They are in a predicament more like Liverpool. Aaron Ramsdale, William Saliba, Thomas Partey, Granit Zhaka, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Jesus could all participate.

Antonio Conte Tottenham About 10 of their team can participate in Qatar, and Manchester United up to 12.

Compared to their rivals, Liverpool may come off a bit, and that could have a huge impact on the rest of the season.

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