Liverpool already know who their four essential players will be for the season's big run-in - RTK View
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Liverpool already know who their four essential players will be for the season's big run-in - RTK View

The 2022 World Cup will give Liverpool four key players this season. The Reds will be sure to take advantage.

This season will be dominated by the 2022 World Cup. There’s no real getting around that, given it happens halfway through the campaign.

As Pep Lijnders recently explained, things will feel like two sprints, either side of the tournament. Teams will attempt to put themselves in the best possible position beforehand, given anything could happen afterwards.

Some of the world’s best players will be exhausted coming out of the World Cup. Some may have serious injuries. We may even see a few completely drop in form simply from having a poor tournament. Anyone doubting the impact of an international tournament like that need only view Mohamed Salah’s form last season on either side of AFCON.

It’s all very up in the air and that’s why Liverpool can look at the backend of the season with a smile. They have four players who will instantly become essential for the run-in.

Liverpool players and the 2022 World Cup

If players who perform at the World Cup are walking a fine line, those who won’t go to the competition only gain importance. After all, there will be some excellent players who get a mid-season break and the opportunity to rest up before the run-in.

Most of those players are away from teams contending for titles. Liverpool, however, have four in their first XI.

Photo by Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images,

Salah is unquestionably the most essential. In complete contrast to last season, he will get a break right when he needs one – the only benefit from Egypt’s failure to qualify.

Similarly, Andy Robertson can play the first half of the season knowing full well that there’s a break on the way. Along with Luis Diaz’s absence in Qatar, you can expect Liverpool to look relentless down their left flank in 2023.

Then there’s Joel Matip. His international retirement means he likely won’t join Cameroon for the tournament. That’s incredibly vital for a key player who has a history of injury concerns. Matip should be fresh for the second half of the campaign – and Liverpool will boast a fantastic defence as a result.

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