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Every Liverpool star to qualify for the Euro 2020 last 16

Wednesday saw the conclusion of the Euro 2020 group stages, with six Liverpool stars qualifying for the knockout rounds.

In total, seven Reds featured in the groups.

It would have been eight, had Trent Alexander-Arnold not dropped out of the England squad through injury.

Meanwhile, the departing Gini Wijnaldum and on-loan Ozan Kabak, both of whom are technically still under contract at Anfield, also were a part of procedings, although Kabak didn’t get a minute of action for Turkey.

How did the Liverpool lads fare in the groups?

The group stages saw fairly mixed fortunes for each of the seven Liverpool stars.

Andy Robertson‘s Scotland, unfortunately, went out of the competition. Their draw with England earned them their only point.

The blame was not on their captain, however. He gave one of the performances of the tournament in the opening match against the Czech Republic.

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The left-back is the only Red to exit the competition thus far.

In Group A, Xherdan Shaqiri was the hero as his brace Switzerland’s 3-1 win over Kabak’s Turkey saw them through as one of the best 3rd-place sides.

It was a quiet tournament for the attacking-midfielder until that final game, with one draw and one loss for his nation.

The draw came against Wales, who also progressed from the group. They came second to Italy.

The Dragons had two Liverpool players in their squad – Neco Williams and Harry Wilson. Neither of them featured in the Switzerland match, but both came on as late subs against Turkey.

Williams then started against Italy at left-wingback, while Wilson came on as a second-half sub.

Jordan Henderson‘s England side topped Group D. The only points they dropped came against Scotland.

The Liverpool captain did not feature as much as he would have liked. He played just the final 45 minutes of the group stage against Czech Republic as he continues his comeback from injury.

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Another Liverpool midfielder that did not get as many minutes as expected was Thiago. He was expected to be a key man for Spain, but did not start a single game for them.

The 30-year-old came off the bench in their first game, a draw with Sweden. He didn’t feature at all in their second, another draw with Poland.

Luis Enrique’s men needed a win against Slovakia on the final day, which they delivered in style. Thiago came on as a sub in the 5-0 victory.

Finally, Diogo Jota also progressed to the last 16. Portugal came second in the Group of Death, after a win, a loss and a draw.

Jota himself was decent for the first and last games, while he was outstanding against Germany, despite a 4-2 loss. He and Cristiano Ronaldo combined for a goal and an assist each.

What next for Liverpool stars at Euro 2020?

Shaqiri and Switzerland face a tough task as they face off against world champions France.

The playmaker will need to replicate his Turkey showing if they are to have much hope.

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Next up for Wilson and Williams is a trip to Amsterdam to play Denmark. Wales will fancy their chances of getting to another Euros quarter-final.

The two Liverpool youngsters are unlikely to start, but will very possibly see minutes off the bench.

Henderson and England will face off against old rivals Germany.

We think that he should be walking into the side in midfield, but Gareth Southgate is likely to stick with Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips

Thiago will be hoping for a start against Croatia, rather than expecting one.

Enrique seems determined to play Pedri and Koke as his No 8’s, while Sergio Busquets’ return will see him start at No 6. We believe that he should come in for Koke, but it is unlikely at this stage.

Finally, Portugal face off against Belgium in what is arguably the tie of the round.

Jota appears to be a favourite of Fernando Santos, so will likely start. He will hope to have a big impact and announce himself onto the world stage with a big performance.

It is exciting times for Liverpool stars at Euro 2020. Hopefully, some of them will cross paths later in the competition.

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