Liverpool Stars to Look Out for at the World Cup
This year’s World Cup in Qatar is going to be a unique tournament, as it is taking place midway through the Premier League season. Liverpool’s final game before the league pauses for the World Cup will come on the 12th of November.
Here is a look at which Liverpool players will be featuring at the 2022 World Cup for their respective countries.
Brazilian Trio Set to Feature for The Favourites
Brazil is the 4/1 favourite at online football betting sites for the upcoming tournament in Qatar because they have a squad full of quality. It includes three key players for Liverpool: Alisson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino.
Top spot for Alisson so far this season… 💪🧤 pic.twitter.com/CPNylxSu2c
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 29, 2022
Alisson has been a regular for Brazil between the goals, despite competition from Manchester City’s Ederson. It is the Liverpool man who is expected to be number one in Qatar.
Fabinho and Firmino will be competing for places in Tite’s strong team. They may not play every game at the tournament, but their experience is going to count for a lot, particularly in the knockout stages.
Three Lions Likely to Include Liverpool Players
Gareth Southgate is likely to turn to several Liverpool players when it comes to his 26-man squad in Qatar. Captain Jordan Henderson remains a midfielder that the England coach trusts when it comes to big matches.
Southgate is not short of options in midfield, but few have been through major tournaments like Henderson has. The 32-year-old has played in five international competitions for his country, including the 2014 and 2018 World Cups in Brazil and Russia respectively.
Henderson has 70 caps for England, and it would be no surprise to see the Liverpool skipper reach the century mark before he retires from international football.
Van Dijk is a Key Player for Dutch Team
Defender Virgil van Dijk missed out on the opportunity to play at the European Championship in 2021 due to an injury. It was a huge blow to the Dutch team at that tournament. With the 27-year-old now fully fit again, they will be hoping he can play his role in helping them to lift the trophy.
The three-time runners-up have been in good form this year. They have booked their spot in the last four of the UEFA Nations League in 2023. Van Dijk has helped strengthen their defensive line, which was evident when they kept clean sheets against Belgium and Poland.
The Netherlands have been drawn into Group A alongside hosts Qatar, Senegal, and Ecuador. They will be expected to top that group and progress into the last 16 with ease.
Thiago A Crucial Part of Talented Spain Team
Spain reached the semi-final of the European Championship in 2021 where they were beaten by the eventual winner, Italy. Many pundits expect them to build on that performance and use the experience to take them to the next level.
— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) September 6, 2022
Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara, just like he does for this club, is a player who brings a lot of quality and calmness to the Spain team. This is his fourth consecutive major tournament for the 2010 winners, and he is set to be a crucial player in Luis Enrique’s side.
The opening game of the 2022 World Cup takes place on the 20th of November when Qatar take on Ecuador in Group A.