There has been much said in recent months about Gareth Southgate’s aversion to playing Liverpool players for England. At the minute, Jordan Henderson is the only Reds player that starts every match for the 3 Lions. Joe Gomez can’t seem to get a game ahead of Michael Keane or Harry Maguire. For some reason, Trent Alexander-Arnold has found himself behind Kieran Trippier in the pecking order. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return from injury has staggered his return to the England set up, he was omitted from Southgate’s latest squad. Liverpool players don’t fit into the England team.
One pass sums up the issue with Liverpool players in the England side: when England beat Bulgaria 4-0 in September, Jordan Henderson received the ball in the opposition half, quickly pivoted and fired a pass out to the right. The ball went out of play, Kieran Trippier wasn’t there to receive the pass. Jürgen Klopp has instilled a much more intense attacking philosophy into his Liverpool players than they are expected to play for their country.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is not as effective for the England side as he is unable to rely on his centre backs or defensive midfielder when he ventures forward. Harry Maguire and Michael Keane have been in woeful form for England and this shakiness means that Kieran Trippier is a better candidate at right back as he is less likely to regularly maraud down the flank than Alexander-Arnold.
England under Gareth Southgate are a much less dynamic prospect than Liverpool under Jürgen Klopp. Reds players play at too high a pace and and are used to playing with better quality players than they do at national level. This is good news for Kopites, the less that our star players lineup for England, the less chance they have of injury. With Liverpool facing up to 67 games this season, we need all of our starting XI as rested as possible.