Spare a thought for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez

With England set to play their first major tournament final since 1966, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez will be watching on TV.

The Three Lions have sent the nation into overdrive with their showings so far at Euro 2020.

Even non-England supporting Liverpool fans will have a keen interest, with Jordan Henderson set to play a key role. While we, and many fans, believe that it should be from the start, it is likely to come off the substitutes bench.

The relationship between Liverpool and the England national team is a complicated one. Yet there is no doubt that many Kopites will be supporting Henderson in his quest for a major international honour.

While injury meant that he lost his place in the starting line-up, he is lucky to still be involved. He still has a huge chance to grow his legacy.

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The same cannot be said for the rest of Liverpool’s English contingent.

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Alexander-Arnold was in the original squad before injury ruled him out days before the tournament began.

Meanwhile, Gomez picked up a severe injury back in November that ruled him out of the rest of the season, as well as Euro 2020.

Unfortunately for them, they are now missing out on a massive chance to add a major trophy to their CV, despite being two of the finest players in the world.

When a footballer retires from playing the game, they want to be able to look back and say that they won it all. Everybody wants to have that perfect honour list.

The likes of Xavi, for example, has won everything there is to win in the game. He will go down as an all-time great because of it.

International trophies are a big part of that. Even if someone wins it all for their club, there is always that “well he never did it for his country” factor lingering in the background.

Gomez and Alexander-Arnold should be key men for England

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So, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez will undoubtedly be seething at the fact that this chance is passing them by.

They are likely to be a key part of one of the best teams of the next decade. They will hope and expect to add numerous trophies to the Champions League and Premier League crowns that they already own.

The pair are young enough to become legends of the game and win it all, including major honours for England.

However, we don’t know if they will get as good a chance as this again.

Alexander-Arnold is probably the best right-back on earth.

While Gareth Southgate may have chosen Kyle Walker over him as the tournament progressed, the Scouser might have been a key man heading into this final.

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Gomez, on the other hand, could have cemented himself as the world-class player that we believe he is had he not missed out on the majority of the 2020/21 season.

In an alternate universe, he avoids injury and is Liverpool’s rock in Virgil van Dijk’s absence as the Reds give Manchester City an almighty title challenge.

If that actually happened, he would likely have been England’s main centre-back.

Again, it’s all a big case of “what could have been”. And it isn’t because they weren’t good enough, it was because of rotten luck.

If the two Liverpool men were key parts of this team, there would undoubtedly be more Reds fans supporting the Three Lions today.

Hopefully, it will make them both more determined than ever. We hope that they do get that international honour eventually.

We want all of our players to win everything they can.

In the meantime, us Reds will just have to cheer on our captain.

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