Thiago Alcantara is one of many Liverpool players who are unlikely to play in this summer’s World Cup.
It only took one evening to reaffirm what had been obvious to Liverpool fans during a difficult start to the season.
This Reds team just isn’t the same without Thiago Alcantara in the middle.
The 31-year-old was excellent in driving Jurgen Klopp’s side to a 2-1 home Champions League victory over Ajax last time out, making his first start after a hamstring injury sidelined him for a month.
However, while Thiago is an important cog for his club, the same cannot be said for his country, with Spain once again overlooking him for the UEFA Nations League games against Switzerland at home on Saturday and Portugal on Tuesday.
van Djik and Ake pay a visit to the Red Bull F1 team.
Virgil van Djik of Liverpool FC and Nathan Ake of Manchester City pay a visit to the Red Bull Racing F1 team ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Since scoring from the spot in the Euro 2020 semi-final shootout loss to Italy in July last year, the Liverpool man has not been called up by the national team.
Although Spain manager Luis Enrique has not ruled Thiago out, the midfielder appears unlikely to make the squad for the World Cup finals in Qatar in two months.
“I’d like to talk a lot more about the players on the list and why we think they should be,” Enrique said. “For this call, I bring the 25 best players in my opinion. However, the door to the national team is not closed for an active Spanish player.”
While Thiago’s absence from the World Cup would be an obvious personal blow – he missed the 2014 finals due to injury and made just two appearances in 2018, remaining on the bench for the round of 16 loss to hosts Russia – he would be one of a surprisingly large number of senior Liverpool players missing the finals.
And that could work in the Reds’ favor heading into what will be a tense second half of the season after the World Cup concludes in mid-December.
Only five players from the Liverpool squad are almost certain to travel to Qatar, barring an injury. Alisson Becker and Fabinho are likely to be called up for Brazil, while Virgil van Dijk captains Holland, Diogo Jota will play for Portugal, and Darwin Nunez’s Uruguay have also qualified.
Then there are the possibilities, which include England’s Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, Brazil’s Roberto Firmino, and France’s Ibrahima Konate.
The Reds’ remaining English contingent, including Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones, and Harvey Elliott, as well as Fabio Carvalho of Portugal and on-loan Brazilian midfielder Arthur Melo, join Thiago as those who, while eligible, are unlikely to play.
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