Brazil released their squad for the World Cup in Qatar on Monday evening. The big news for Liverpool was that Roberto Firmino missed out, as Pedro, Richarlison, and Gabriel Jesus were chosen over the Reds’ frontman. Fabinho did find his way into the squad, expected to compete for minutes with the Manchester United duo of Casemiro and Fred. Alisson also was unsurprisingly selected for the Seleção, and he is expected to start over Man City keeper Ederson and Palmeiras netminder Weverton.
Elsewhere across the Premier League, Thiago Silva was selected, although he is likely to sit behind Marquinhos and Eder Militao. Former Lyon teammates Bruno Guimaraes and Lucas Paqueta were selected in the midfield, more competition for Casemiro and Fred (Casefred) and Fabinho. Arsenal’s duo of Gabriel’s (Jesus and Firmino) both made the cut for the attack force, while their North London rival Richarlison was also selected. United’s unnecessary spinner Antony was selected, while Ex-Red Philippe Coutinho missed out due to injury, and Renan Lodi was also snubbed alongside Firmino
Alisson (Liverpool), Ederson (Man City), Weverton (Palmeiras).
Dani Alves (Pumas UNAM), Danilo (Juventus), Alex Sandro (Juventus), Alex Telles (Sevilla)
Bremer (Juventus), Eder Militao (Real Madrid), Marquinhos (PSG), Thiago Silva (Chelsea)
Bruno Guimaraes (Newcastle), Casemiro (Manchester United), Everton Ribeiro (Flamingo), Fabinho (Liverpool), Fred (Manchester United), Lucas Paqueta (West Ham)
Antony (Manchester United), Gabriel Martinelli (Arsenal), Neymar (PSG), Raphinha (Barcelona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius Jr. (Real Madrid)
Pedro (Flamengo), Richarlison(Tottenham), Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal)
This squad is surprisingly devoid of true centre forwards, but that could partially be blamed on Firmino’s exclusion. However, Neymar, Paqueta, and Ribeiro could also be deployed as a centre forward if absolutely necessary. Besides that, it’s a pretty deep and strong squad, with plenty of options in the back, and a strong midfield, both attacking, and defensive. Look out for Brazil to be a serious threat in Qatar.