15 former Liverpool players at the 2022 World Cup

    The World Cup is always the perfect time to cast an eye toward the talent the world has to offer and also check in with how a number of former Liverpool players are getting on. Qatar 2022 will be no different.

    Jurgen Klopp bid seven players farewell for this year’s competition, an unusually low number of representatives for Liverpool – not that too many will be complaining.

    So while the opportunities to see current players in action will be somewhat limited, you’ll have the chance to see 15 former Reds after their respective World Cup call-ups.

    They represent 10 different countries between them and seven of the 15 former players came up through the club’s academy, a nod to the pathway that exists for youngsters whether they move up to the first-team or take the next step at another club.

    Former Reds in Qatar

    CARDIFF, WALES - Saturday, June 11, 2022: Wales' Neco Williams sings the national anthem before the UEFA Nations League Group A4 game between Wales and Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    CARDIFF, WALES - Saturday, June 11, 2022: Wales' Neco Williams sings the national anthem before the UEFA Nations League Group A4 game between Wales and Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Let’s start with the former Reds who will play alongside members of Klopp’s current team.

    Conor Coady (at Liverpool between 2005-14) and Raheem Sterling (2010-2015) join Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold at England, both former academy members.

    Darwin Nunez, meanwhile, has Sebastian Coates (2011-2015) and Luis Suarez (2011-2014) as teammates with Uruguay, the latter of whom is the No. 27’s idol.

    The quartet of former players all crossed paths at Anfield, as did the Welsh quartet of Danny Ward (2012-18), Neco Williams (2009-22), Joe Allen (2012-16) and Harry Wilson (2005-22), who are members of Wales’ first World Cup since 1958.

    LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 15, 2013: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Tottenham Hotspur with team-mate captain Luis Suarez during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 15, 2013: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring the fifth goal against Tottenham Hotspur with team-mate captain Luis Suarez during the Premiership match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Former academy players Kamil Grabara (2016-21) and Liam Millar (2016-21) represent Poland and Canada respectively, with the former called into the squad after a serious injury to goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski.

    Millar will come face to face with both Simon Mignolet‘s Belgium (2013-19) and Dejan Lovren‘s (2015-2020) Croatia, with the three all competing in Group F.

    Ex-teammates Marko Grujic (2016-20) and Xherdan Shaqiri (2018-21) face the same fate with Serbia and Switzerland both in Group G, alongside Alisson and Fabinho‘s Brazil.

    Takumi Minamino (2020-22) rounds out the list, with the Monaco man facing a stern test to progress to the knockouts with both Spain and Germany in Japan’s group.

    Sadly, Sadio Mane is not on this list after injury ruled him out of playing for Senegal.

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