Liverpool stars set for huge workloads as they gear up for international duty

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Premier League clubs may have had a request for a delayed season start granted, but Liverpool[1] players are still set for a huge workload over the next 12 months.

The 2021/22 season had been set to begin on August 7, but it will now start a week later.

The current campaign had to be condensed due to the coronavirus[2] pandemic and this summer’s international tournaments meant it couldn’t over run.

Reds’ stars have nine games remaining of the current campaign as well as at least two Champions League games before a summer of football begins.

A delayed Euro 2020 will take place in June and July whilst the Copa America was always scheduled for this year.

January and February 2022 has also been pencilled in for the Africa Cup of Nations, which itself had to be delayed.

It means, despite players being given extra time off, that domestic and international commitments will prove testing.

Liverpool could be hit harder than most though given their squad.

Jordan Henderson has been an England regular
Jordan Henderson has been an England regular

Star players are always going to feature for their country, but rarely have the dates fallen like they have over the next 12 months.

A newly expanded Euros means the likes of Scotland have qualified, ending a long wait for a major tournament appearance.

Andy Robertson is among the Scots’ leading lights meaning he will be in action this summer.

Wales have also made it to the final and are likely to include second choice Reds right-back Neco Williams.

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England, who are among the pre-tournament favourites, have some of their contingent playing at Anfield.

Jordan Henderson is a regular while Trent Alexander-Arnold will be looking to win his place back.

Virgil van Dijk is in a race to be fit
Virgil van Dijk is in a race to be fit

Joe Gomez, who has been out injured since the autumn, will be eyeing a return.

Virgil van Dijk is also pushing to play for the Netherlands despite being out for much of the season.

He is recovering from an ACL injury and Jurgen Klopp’s worst fears could be realised if he rushes back.

Diogo Jota’s performances, especially this term, have seen him become part of the Portugal squad.

Liverpool also have three South Americans in their squad – all of whom are set to represent Brazil this summer.

Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino will all be hoping to win the Copa America for a second successive tournament.

Roberto Firmino' Brazil are defending Copa America champions
Roberto Firmino’ Brazil are defending Copa America champions

Fast forward six months and the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are almost certainly going to be off on international duty.

Cameroon will host the tournament, but cannot call upon Joel Matip who has retired.

Naby Keita’s Guinea side are aiming to win it for the first time.

Of course several of Liverpool’s players may or may not make the grade for their international teams, but given the strength of the Reds’ squad many will.

Klopp’s side will be looking to make amends next term and regain their league crown following a poor defence this year.

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That coupled with Champions League aspirations and ending a domestic cup drought that dates back almost a decade.

Liverpool’s players are certainly set for a busy 12 months. We take a look at all the players who may have international commitments to attend to.

Scotland will feature at the Euros
Scotland will feature at the Euros

Euro 2020

Andy Robertson – Scotland

Neco Williams – Wales

Virgil van Dijk – Netherlands

Georginio Wijnaldum – Netherlands

Thiago – Spain

Diogo Jota – Portugal

Jordan Henderson – England

Joe Gomez – England

Trent Alexander-Arnold – England

Ozan Kabak – Turkey

Xherdan Shaqiri – Switzerland

Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota are all set for international duty
Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota are all set for international duty

Copa America

Alisson – Brazil

Fabinho – Brazil

Roberto Firmino – Brazil

Africa Cup of Nations

Naby Keita – Guinea

Mohamed Salah – Egypt

Sadio Mane – Senegal

References

  1. ^ Liverpool (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ coronavirus (www.mirror.co.uk)

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