The final mid-season international break before the end of the season and this summer’s World Cup is now over, and Liverpool’s England players will be hoping to use the final weeks of the season to bolster their claim for a place in their country’s 23-man squad that will make the trip to Russia.
Gamblers have already made their offers for anyone who wants to try their luck on guessing the winner. But, that won’t be easy at all. There are some Liverpool players who will add their considerable experience to England, so the battle will be hard. That experience can change the odds completely, especially after such a good Premier League campaign, and that more Liverpool players in the squad may change your mind when betting on World Cup 2018.
But who is likely to be going and who is still requiring work to make the squad?
Adam Lallana is injured again after the club’s win over Crystal Palace, which may severely hamper his chances of making Gareth Southgate’s squad.
His season has been incredibly fruitless, making very few appearances because of reoccurring or sustained fitness issues.
The persistent injuries mean Lallana hasn’t been able to prove his fitness and that may persuade the England manager to leave him out of the final squad.
The former Arsenal man has looked good under Jurgen Klopp this season, putting in a number of impressive performances.
He’s been utilised more central, generally, and this could be one of the reasons he’s picked to travel to Russia.
Gareth Southgate will want some attacking midfielders in his squad but also players who are able to play in multiple positions – both befitting of Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Joe Gomez has been used in rotation by Jurgen Klopp this season, playing at right-back in a number of big games.
His solidity and athleticism at the back is clearly admired by Klopp and this could be one reason he is considered for the England squad.
Gomez can also play as a centre-back, which would provide vital cover in the squad, should it be required during the tournament.
The young right-back is having a breakthrough season with the Reds, making plenty of first team appearances this season.
Whilst at times he’s looked inexperienced, he does carry with him an aurora of confidence in his own ability – a belief he can make it to the top.
He’s trained with the England first team during the last international break, but is still part of the under-21 squad. It’s unlikely he’ll be picked as a fully-fledged squad member but he could make the trip for the experience.
Henderson could be a key man for England this summer, playing his usual deep-lying role.
He’s performed it well for his country over recent months and looks a natural fit for Gareth Southgate’s system.
He could even yet be captain for the tournament, as he has taken the armband over the past year, but it’s thought Harry Kane will receive the accolade.
Solanke has had very limited playing time this season, having been restricted to just substitute appearances.
Whilst his future is likely to be profitable, he doesn’t yet look prolific enough at club level to warrant the chance to be part of the England team.
Danny Ings, very much like Dom Solanke, has had very limited game time this season – partly due to injury.
He’s managed to stay fit over the past few months but understandably hasn’t been able to oust Roberto Firmino from his starting berth.
It’s unlikely he’ll go to Russia based on that. He’ll be hoping for more pitch time next season to prove himself.
With squads set to be named for the competition in roughly two months’ time, some of the Liverpool players have their work cut out if they’re going to get the call saying they’re on the plane.
Others, however, look very much a shoo-in.