If you’re trying to figure out which Liverpool players are involved in internationals over the next few days—or just need a break from the wall to wall Klopp—we’ve got you covered. Things kick off on Thursday with Germany and France in action, followed by England’s match against Estonia on Friday, and a pair of Group B battles on Saturday. Stick with us as we keep track of all of Liverpool’s players in action over the next few days.
Emre Can has been given his second call-up to the Germany squad and if he starts it is likely to be at right back again as Die Mannschaft take on Ireland. With 19 points after eight games, Germany are at the top of Group D, but so far they’re only assured of finishing in third and qualifying for the playoffs. A win over the third-place Irish would clinch their spot in France next summer. Ireland, on the other hand, are looking over their shoulder at Scotland, who could be in line to steal the playoff spot away from them if they slip up.
Elsewhere, Mamadou Sakho will be hoping to return to action for his country when France take on Armenia in a friendly, while Chile vs. Brazil in World Cup qualifying would have been a tempting draw from a Liverpool point of view if Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were involved. Both, though, are out of action due to injury. Still, it’s probably the day’s best match on paper. It kicks off at 12:30AM BST, first thing Friday morning, or 7:30PM EST.
England have qualified for the Euros already after a strong group showing, which means nobody’s quite sure what we’ll see on Friday. Danny Ings, despite having missed out on training during the week with a niggle, will be hoping to make his England debut following a surprise call-up. With England already in, if he’s fit he might even get it—a deserved reward for being one of Liverpool’s true bright spots to start the 2015-16 season.
Adam Lallana will also likely be hoping for a start given his limited playing time at the club level. On the other hand, James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne would ideally be given the night off. Jordan Henderson, who would otherwise be a lock for the England team, remains out due to an ankle injury while Daniel Sturridge has been left behind in an effort to ensure his long-term fitness.
Estonia currently sit fourth in Group E, two points back of third-place Slovenia, and they will be hopeful that a complacent England side might just be ripe for the upset as they look to keep their Euro dreams alive. In the day’s other match with Liverpool interest, Martin Skrtel will captain Slovakia—solidly second in Group C behind Spain—against Balarus, who have already been eliminated.
Belgium will be expecting to run out to an easy victory over Andorra, who are currently dead last in Group B. Christian Benteke’s injury will keep him out, but Simon Mignolet is in line for a rare start with Thibaut Courtois currently out of commission with a knee injury. With Divock Origi making regular appearances off the bench for his country ever since his star turn at the World Cup, there’s also the possibility the young striker could earn another cap.
With Joe Allen finally fit, Wales also offer the guarantee of Liverpool involvement and a reason to tune in for fans without a national rooting interest. Wales currently stand a surprise first in Group B but will need a win to ensure they stay ahead of Belgium, whole Bosnia need a win to keep alive their hopes of catching Israel in their attempts to reach the third-place playoff.