Sam Wood takes a look at where Liverpool’s players will be this summer with many seeking to obtain glory at the European Championships.
With the Euros fast approaching, I’ll be having a look at the Liverpool players that have been picked in their nations’ provisional squads. The Euros kick off with France versus Romania on 10th June.
For England, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge have all been called up to the 26 man squad. Danny Ward and Joe Allen have been chosen by Wales. Martin Skrtel will go with Slovakia, Emre Can with Germany and the trio of Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi and Christian Benteke will go with Belgium.
Among those to miss out are Croatia’s Dejan Lovren and Hungary’s Adam Bogdan, while the now solved drugs controversy blurred Mamadou Sakho’s chances of going with France.
There may be more, with Piotr Zielinski of Poland, Jonas Hector of Germany and Ricardo Rodriguez of Switzerland all linked with a move to the club – so we could be seeing as many of as 15 Liverpool names at the Euros.
But what does this mean for us? The tournament begins on 10th June and ends on 10th July. This should mean not much of a disruption to the pre-season schedule but it may mean the players involved in the latter stages of the tournament could be fatigued by the start of the season, having had a very small break between the Europa League final and the first match of the Euros.
Liverpool’s most likely source of success lies with Emre Can of Germany – one of the favourites of the tournament. Emre Can figures heavily in the squad, mainly at right-back and this could provide him with some well needed big tournament experience that may help him back at Liverpool next season!
Mario Götze, another target, has past international experience. He scored the winning goal in the World Cup final in 2014 against Argentina for Germany with an exquisite volley. He has been somewhat frozen out at Bayern with the other quality players in his position, but is still a brilliant player.
England face Wales on Thursday 16th June and there is an (unlikely) possibility that 7 Liverpool players could be on the pitch. Daniel Sturridge is now a doubt and missed out Friday’s friendly against Australia while Marcus Rashford scored and got Man of the Match in a brilliant performance I was lucky enough to see live.
Another chance of glory for LFC could be the triplet of Belgium players going to the Euros. Divock Origi scored a fine overhead kick in a recent friendly for them, and this could be his breakthrough tournament. For the rest, Simon Mignolet will be most probably overshadowed in goal by the magnificent Thibaut Courtois. Christian Benteke may also be benched with striking options such as Origi, Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi.
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