Where Liverpool FC’s stars will be in action this international break

By Daniel Williams

After a nail-biting conclusion to Sunday’s tie against Fulham, the Reds now turn their attentions away from the coveted Premier League trophy to international duty.

Vice-Captain James Milner slotted away an 81st minute winner at Craven Cottage that sent the Reds top of the league, 2 points clear of Manchester City.

Now, 15 of the Liverpool first team will be appearing for their national teams.

20-year-old right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has already withdrawn from the England Squad after arriving with a back injury.

Captain Jordan Henderson is set to take part in the Euro 2020 qualifiers with England despite sustaining an ankle injury during the Champions League tie against Bayern Munich last week.

Liverpool Skipper Jordan Henderson during the 2018 World Cup against Colombia.

To watch the Liverpool Skipper in action, the Three Lions will appear at Wembley against Czech Republic on March 22, and will then clash with Montenegro three days later.

Inform forward Sadio Mane is to travel the furthest of the Reds stars, appearing for Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying round.

He will appear against Madagascar and Mali on March 22 and March 25 respectively.

The forward has netted 20 goals this season, and fans will be hoping he comes out of the break unscathed.

Dutch double Virgil Van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum will be involved in the Euro qualifiers for the Netherlands.

The Flying Dutchmen will host Belarus on March 21 and Germany on March 24.

Brazilian starlets Alisson Becker, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino will take part in friendlies against Panama on March 23, and the Czech Republic three days later.

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Alisson becker during the national anthem for Brazil. Image Courtesy of Granada via Wikimedia Commons

Left-back Andrew Robertson is set to miss out for Scotland against Kazakhstan on March 21.

The Scotland Captain had an operation on an abscess in his mouth, but is hopeful of returning for the second match against San Marino on the 24th.

Elsewhere, Belgium duo Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi will appear on March 21 and March 24 against Russia and Cyprus.

Croatian Dejan Lovren is set to return after a lengthy spell on the sidelines against Azerbaijan (March 21) and Hungary (March 24).

The 29-year-old last appeared in the FA cup-tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers in January, but stumbled off early on after a hamstring injury.

Another notable absence is Winger Xherdan Shaqiri who will miss out for Switzerland against Georgia and Denmark due to a groin injury.

Xherdan Shaqiri standing over a free kick vs Argentina in 2012. Image courtesy of Ludovic Péron via Wikimedia Commons

A wealth of Liverpool youngsters are also in action.

Ki-Jana Hoever, who made his senior debut against Wolves after replacing Lovren, has been called up by the Dutch under 17s for matches against Israel (March 23) and the Czech Republic (March 26).

Rafael Camacho, who impressed as right back against Wolves, will appear for the Portuguese under 19’s against Scotland on the 26th.

Ben Woodburn has already made his mark this international break, after netting an added-time winner against Trinidad and Tobago on March 20.

He may also feature in the tie on Sunday against Slovakia.

Finally, Irish goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been called up by Republic of Ireland, for their under 21 tie against Luxembourg on March 24.

Featured image courtesy of Ailura via Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

 

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