Which Liverpool players will be the best at Euro 2020 this summer? We have a look on the eve of the tournament.
We would be fairly confident picking Henderson as our choice here but not in his current situation. The Liverpool captain has barely played since February.
It raises questions over his fitness. We have no doubt that England will manage it well but Henderson surely won’t play quite as often as he would do.
Still, Henderson performing feels vital to England’s success.
What an incredible summer it will be for Robertson. Scotland’s first international tournament since 1998 and he’ll captain them.
They might just fancy their chances at getting out of the group, too. Finishing third gives them a chance but they’ll likely need to get something against England.
The only thing holding Robertson back is the overall quality at Scotland. We think he can play well and inspire them to some magical moments but we can’t see them getting too far.
How fit is he? Because if he’s anywhere near his best, Shaqiri has the ability to light up a tournament. Switzerland will certainly turn to him.
Their group is a tough one, though. That might limit what Shaqiri can do – there’s a good chance they finish bottom. Still, Shaqiri’s ability from a free-kick or a shot from distance makes him built for tournaments like this.
Wilson had a decent enough season with Cardiff City and he may feel some confidence with Wales this summer. They’re in that tough group with Switzerland, Turkey and Italy, however.
But like Shaqiri, Wilson is capable of doing something incredible out of nowhere. That usually lends itself to tournaments when things are tight.
So the potential is there. We wouldn’t back Wales to go far but we might just back Wilson for a memorable moment.
Now, Williams is a 20-year-old without too much senior football to his name. What constitutes a ‘good’ tournament for him is different to the rest.
Honestly, simply looking like he deserves to be there would be a big statement for the youngster. And that’s what we’ll back him to do.
Williams looks good for Wales, playing multiple positions and holding his own against elite players. If he can do that in some key group games, we might be talking about him after the tournament.
And now we’re on to the big ones. Portugal will turn to Jota for goals this summer.
Now, he’s far from their only option in that regard – their no.7 is decent – but they’re in a very awkward group. Finishing in the top two would be an achievement of sorts, given both France and Germany are there.
Those two are arguably the tournament favourites. They’ll hope to pull that off, of course, as having enough point to qualify in third will be though.
But this is why Jota can steal the show. He exploded as a goalscorer for Liverpool and carried it over to the international level.
This can be the tournament where he really establishes himself, though. Getting some goals in that group would be enough to do so. Get Portugal to the knockouts? That’s a star-making achievement.
It’ll be difficult, certainly, but Jota has what it takes to shine this summer.
We’ll back Thiago to shine the brightest of all the Liverpool players at Euro 2020. He ended the season magically and Spain surely can’t afford to leave him out.
That is a possibility, though. They have plenty of great midfielders and while Thiago is probably the best of them, he did have a topsy-turvy season.
But he’s also the most in-form Liverpool player at the tournament and playing for a team that will fancy its chances at winning it. It’s all setup for Thiago to run the show for Spain on their way to glory.
He’s our pick for the best Liverpool player at Euro 2020.