Liverpool successful start to the 2023/24 Premier League season has been temporarily interrupted as players head off for international duty. With 15 first-team players representing their respective countries, it’s a busy time for the Reds’ squad. Here’s a breakdown of who is going where and when.
1. Alisson Becker (Brazil): The Liverpool number one is expected to feature in Brazil’s matches against Bolivia (Belem, September 9) and Peru (Lima, September 13) as they begin their journey towards the 2026 World Cup in Canada/USA/Mexico.
2. Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland): Kelleher, Liverpool’s backup goalkeeper, will be playing for Ireland in their Euro 2024 qualifying matches against France (Paris, September 7) and the Netherlands (Dublin, September 10).
1. Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands): Despite his suspension for Liverpool, van Dijk will be available for the Netherlands’ game against Greece (Eindhoven, September 7) and their clash with Kelleher’s Ireland (Dublin, September 10).
2. Andy Robertson (Scotland): Scotland’s captain will travel to Cyprus (Larnaca, September 8) for a crucial Euro qualifying match before a friendly encounter with England (Glasgow, September 12).
3. Trent Alexander-Arnold (England): Alexander-Arnold’s participation is uncertain due to a hamstring injury, but if fit, he could play in England’s Euro qualifier against Ukraine (Wroclaw, September 9) and their match against Scotland.
1. Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina): Mac Allister will join Argentina for their World Cup qualifying match against Ecuador (Buenos Aires, September 8) and their challenging away fixture in Bolivia (La Paz, September 12).
2. Wataru Endo (Japan): The Japan captain will participate in two friendly matches in Europe, facing Germany (Wolfsburg, September 9) and Turkey (Genk, September 12).
3. Harvey Elliott (England Under-21s): Elliott, part of the England Under-21 squad, will play their first qualification match against Luxembourg (Differdange, September 11).
4. Dominik Szoboszlai (Hungary): Hungary’s captain will represent his country in a Euro qualifying match against Serbia (Belgrade, September 7) and a friendly against Czechia (Budapest, September 10).
1. Luis Diaz (Colombia): Diaz will feature for Colombia in their World Cup qualifying game against Venezuela (Barranquilla, September 8) and their away match against Chile (Macul, September 13).
2. Diogo Jota (Portugal): Jota will join Portugal for their Euro qualifying matches against Slovakia (Bratislava, September 9) and Luxembourg (Almancil, September 11).
3. Mohamed Salah (Egypt): Salah will play in Egypt’s final AFCON group qualifier against Ethiopia (Cairo, September 8). He may also feature in a friendly against Tunisia (TBD, September 12).
4. Cody Gakpo (Netherlands): Gakpo will be part of the Netherlands squad for their matches against Ireland and Greece.
5. Darwin Nuñez (Uruguay):
— Selección Uruguaya (@Uruguay) September 4, 2023
Liverpool’s in-form striker will join Uruguay for their World Cup qualifiers against Chile (Montevideo, September 9) and Ecuador (Quito, September 12).
1. Curtis Jones: Jones is no longer eligible for the England Under-21 squad due to age restrictions. He will be waiting for future call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s senior squad.
2. Ibrahima Konate: Konate was initially selected by France but has been replaced due to a hamstring injury.
3. Ryan Gravenberch: Liverpool’s new signing decided to withdraw himself from the Netherlands squad to focus on settling in with his new club.
While Liverpool fans will miss seeing their favorite players in action for the club, they will eagerly await their return, hoping they come back injury-free and ready to continue the team’s strong form in the Premier League.