The 2022 World Cup has arrived and despite all the controversies surrounding the decision to host the tournament in Qatar this winter, fans are still excited to watch some of the world best players duke it out over the coming weeks.
Several Liverpool players won’t be participating in the World Cup with the likes of Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez, Mohamed Salah, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firminio all left back on Merseyside.
However, Jurgen Klopp still has seven representatives in Qatar with many representing some of the pre-tournament favourites. Here are three Liverpool players worth keeping an eye on; as they could help you win some money if you decide to bet on the World Cup.
Alisson Becker – Brazil
Liverpool No.1 Alisson Becker is part of an impressive Brazil squad and he’s expected to be handed the gloves by manager Tite ahead of Manchester City’s Ederson.
Most World Cup betting sites have Brazil as the favourites to go all the way and lift the World Cup this winter with the South American’s priced at 4/1. If you want to bet on the potential winners, you’d do a lot worse than backing the Brazilians. Brazil to win outright 4/1
Another interesting bet could be to back Alisson for the Golden Glove award at the World Cup. The Liverpool shot-stopper is the 4/1 favourite with the bookmakers to keep the most clean sheets in Qatar. Alisson for Golden Glove – 4/1
Darwin Nunez – Uruguay
Liverpool’s big-money summer signing Darwin Nunez is part of the Uruguay squad and he’ll be hoping to earn a starting spot up front in Diego Alonso’s side.
Nunez made a slow start to his career at Anfield following his summer move from Benfica but found his goal-scoring touch during the final few weeks before the break. The 23-year-old has scored 9 goals in his 18 appearances for Liverpool, which is even more impressive considering he’s started just 12 times.
If Nunez can continue his form in front of goal at the World Cup, he could be an outside bet for the Golden Boot. He’s currently priced as a 40/1 outsider but Uruguay are in a decent group along with South Korea, Ghana and Portugal. Nunez certainly has the quality to score plenty of goals in those matches, and if Uruguay can get to at least the quarter-finals, then the Liverpool man could be in the running for top scorer. Nunez to win Golden Boot 40/1
Ibrahima Konate – France
Konate missed a large portion of the domestic season so far due to a knee injury but recovered in time to make his return to action for Liverpool in October. The centre-back has made just four appearances for Klopp’s side this season but he still did enough to earn a place in Didier Deschamps French World Cup squad.
Konate will now be hoping to secure a place in the starting eleven as France look to retain the trophy having won in Russia four years ago. France are the 15/2 third-favourites behind Brazil and Argentina to win the World Cup this winter, and it won’t be easy against the South American’s.
However, even if they don’t go all the way, the French could end up being the best placed European side, and they are priced as the 7/2 favourites with the bookmakers to do just that. France to be top European team 7/2