21 Liverpool players called up for June internationals – but big names miss out – Liverpool FC
Liverpool saw 21 players called up for international duty in June, with various qualifying and Nations League games staged directly after the end of the season.
It’s a ridiculous situation, with many of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team members due to report for their national teams just days after the Champions League final.
The 1-0 loss to Real Madrid in Paris was the Reds’ 63rd game of the season, with six players making 50 or more appearances for the club throughout the 2021/22 season.
But such is the state of modern football, Liverpool have received call-ups from 16 different associations for 21 of their players – including 18 from the senior team.
That includes Andy Robertson, who will lead Scotland into their crucial World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Wednesday night.
If Scotland win this playoff semi-final, they will face Neco Williams’ Wales in Cardiff on Sunday, with the winner of that encounter joining England, USA and Iran in Group B at the tournament in Qatar.
Provided Scotland progress to the play-off final, they will play a total of five games in the space of a fortnight.
Elsewhere, Thiago, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas, Caoimhin Kelleher and Conor Bradley have been called up by their countries for UEFA Nations League matches.
Alisson and Fabinho are part of Brazil’s squad to face South Korea, Japan and Argentina, while Takumi Minamino is part of Japan’s squad to face Paraguay and Brazil before taking part in the Kirin Cup.
The Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers saw Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all called up, with Keita’s Guinea taking on Salah’s Egypt on Thursday night.
Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott are both with England Under-21s, Sepp van den Berg made the Netherlands Under-21s and Owen Beck is joining the Wales Under-21s.
Academy goalkeepers Vitezslav Jaros (Czech Republic U21) and Jakub Ojrzynski (Poland U20) have also been called up.
There have been some notable omissions, however, with Jordan Henderson, Luis Diaz, Roberto Firmino and Ibrahima Konate among those not involved in their national teams.
Liverpool players on international duty in June
Senior players: Alisson, Fabinho, Thiago, Robertson, Tsimikas, Van Dijk, Keita, Salah, Mane, Alexander-Arnold, Jota, Minamino, Kelleher, N.Williams, Bradley, Jones, Elliott
Youth: Van den Berg, Beck, Jaros, Ojrzynski
Excluded: Henderson, Diaz, Matip (retired), Firmino, Konate, Milner (retired) Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adrian, R.Williams, Pitaluga