Complete guide to the 2022 World Cup – from a Liverpool perspective

    The 2022 World Cup kicks off on Sunday, November 20, with seven Liverpool players involved. Here is everything you need to know as a Reds supporter.

    Held in Qatar, under hugely controversial circumstances, the World Cup is taking place in the winter for the first time in its history.

    That means a break for Liverpool, with their Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup efforts on pause until mid-December.

    For some, it will be a welcome distraction; for others, a waste of time before the real football gets back underway.

    But what do we need to know about the 2022 World Cup from a Liverpool perspective? Here’s our complete guide.

    The groups

    LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, November 12, 2021: England's captain Jordan Henderson (R) and Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-­Arnold after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifying Group I match between England and Albania at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, November 12, 2021: England's captain Jordan Henderson (R) and Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-­Arnold after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifying Group I match between England and Albania at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    Group A

    Qatar
    Ecuador
    Senegal
    Netherlands

    Group B

    England
    Iran
    United States
    Wales

    Group C

    Argentina
    Saudi Arabia
    Mexico
    Poland

    Group D

    France
    Australia
    Denmark
    Tunisia

    Group E

    Spain
    Costa Rica
    Germany
    Japan

    Group F

    Belgium
    Canada
    Morocco
    Croatia

    Group G

    Brazil
    Serbia
    Switzerland
    Cameroon

    Group H

    Portugal
    Ghana
    Uruguay
    South Korea

    Which Liverpool players are involved?

    Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez (11) before a friendly match between the United States and Uruguay on June 05, 2022 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. (Credit Image: © Scott Winters/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

    Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez (11) before a friendly match between the United States and Uruguay on June 05, 2022 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. (Credit Image: © Scott Winters/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

    There are seven Liverpool players at the World Cup in total:

    Netherlands: Virgil van Dijk
    England: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson
    France: Ibrahima Konate
    Brazil: Alisson, Fabinho
    Uruguay: Darwin Nunez

    And who missed out?

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 16, 2022: Liverpool's Diogo Jota is carried off injured on a stretcher during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 16, 2022: Liverpool's Diogo Jota is carried off injured on a stretcher during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    A host of Liverpool players missed out on the World Cup for various reasons.

    Diogo Jota would have been part of the Portugal squad if not for a serious injury, while Thiago was overlooked by Spain manager Luis Enrique and so too Roberto Firmino with Brazil.

    Similarly, Joe Gomez, Harvey Elliott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were among those simply not called up by England’s Gareth Southgate.

    Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, Luis Diaz, Naby Keita and Kostas Tsimikas did not qualify with their countries, while both Joel Matip and James Milner are retired.

    What are Liverpool doing during the World Cup?

    BANGKOK, THAILAND - Monday, July 11, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at the Rajamangala National Stadium on day two of the club's Asia Tour ahead of a friendly match against Manchester United FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    BANGKOK, THAILAND - Monday, July 11, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at the Rajamangala National Stadium on day two of the club's Asia Tour ahead of a friendly match against Manchester United FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

    For the players not involved in Qatar, the tournament allows for a short break before Jurgen Klopp takes his squad to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp.

    Liverpool will stay in the UAE for almost two weeks, with training sessions in elite facilities sandwiching friendlies against Lyon (Dec 11) and AC Milan (Dec 16).

    They then return to Merseyside, with the first game back after the World Cup coming at Man City in the Carabao Cup fourth round (Dec 22).

    Fixtures and TV info for Liverpool players

    2D4WDBN England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the UEFA Nations League Group 2, League A match at Wembley Stadium, London.

    2D4WDBN England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during the UEFA Nations League Group 2, League A match at Wembley Stadium, London.

    All times GMT

    Monday, November 21

    ENGLAND vs. Iran – 1pm, BBC One
    Senegal vs. NETHERLANDS – 4pm, ITV1

    Tuesday, November 22

    FRANCE vs. Australia – 7pm, BBC One

    Thursday, November 24

    URUGUAY vs. South Korea – 1pm, BBC One
    BRAZIL vs. Serbia – 7pm, BBC One

    Friday, November 25

    NETHERLANDS vs. Ecuador – 4pm, ITV1
    ENGLAND vs. United States – 7pm, BBC One

    Saturday, November 26

    FRANCE vs. Denmark – 4pm, ITV1

    East Rutherford, NJ - Friday September 07, 2018: The men's national teams of the United States (USA) and Brazil (BRA) played an international friendly at MetLife Stadium. .

    East Rutherford, NJ - Friday September 07, 2018: The men's national teams of the United States (USA) and Brazil (BRA) played an international friendly at MetLife Stadium. .

    Monday, November 28

    BRAZIL vs. Switzerland – 4pm, ITV1
    Portugal vs. URUGUAY – 7pm, ITV1

    Tuesday, November 29

    NETHERLANDS vs. Qatar – 3pm, ITV*
    Wales vs. ENGLAND – 7pm, BBC One

    Wednesday, November 30

    Tunisia vs. FRANCE – 3pm, BBC*

    Friday, December 2

    Ghana vs. URUGUAY – 3pm, BBC*
    Cameroon vs. BRAZIL – 7pm, ITV*

    * Channel to be confirmed.

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