With the bulk of Liverpool’s Euro 2016 representatives likely to represent England, we’ve got at least a week to go to find out where the likes of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson will be spending their summers. But we do know where a few more Liverpool players will be today, thanks to the release of the Belgium squad.
Manager Marc Wilmots named his 24-man squad for the Euros this morning, and it contains three Liverpool first team players. Simon Mignolet will, of course, be heading to France this summer for the Euros to back up Chelsea shot stopper Thibaut Courtois, a player who in recent weeks has been heavily linked with a move to Spain.
He will be joined by Divock Origi and Christian Benteke, and while neither selection is surprising, it wouldn’t have been a major shock to have one of Liverpool’s strikers left out. In Origi’s case, an injury keeping him out of the lineup for the past month could have scuppered his summer. For Benteke, the issue would have been form.
Benteke has struggled for regular minutes since joining Liverpool, but despite that, he continues to score a goal roughly every two games he’s on the pitch. He may not have much of a future at Anfield, but it looks like that consistency has ensured he will have a place in Wilmots’ plans this summer—even if it may mean a spot on the bench.
Most of the other Euro squads—including England and Germany—are expected to be named after the end of the domestic season in Europe’s major leagues this weekend. Brazil previously named their Copa Centenario squad, including Philippe Coutinho but not Roberto Firmino, who could be called on to represent Brazil at the Olympics.