9 Liverpool players who may play in the 2018 World Cup
With the international friendlies over, the various managers of the national team should have some idea in mind as to who they want to pick for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Liverpool first-team squad offers a huge pool of talent from different countries, all awaiting the 23-man squad announcement in June. Under Jurgen Klopp's managerial style, some players like Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have made extraordinary developments.
The consistency of performances and having regular game time are two known criteria for selecting players for the competition. Here is a look at nine players from Liverpool who could play in the World Cup.
#9 Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
In the current Premier League campaign, Salah has played a vital role in leading Liverpool to a Champions League spot. The Egyptian national has scored 28 goals in the Premier League, the highest tally so far.
Similarly, his goals have succeeded in bringing Egypt to the group stage of the 2018 World Cup. The group draw has gone in favour of Egypt as they have avoided the favourites of the competition.
Salah has been a goalscoring machine this season. His good positioning gives him an added advantage when he gets the ball from his team-mates, and he can turn against the defenders quickly to move into the penalty box.
Beyond that, Salah's timing and accuracy have been reasons why he has been able to score such a huge number of goals. He is aware of the time needed for his team-mates to support the attack and his accuracy gives him the confidence to go one-on-one against the goalkeeper.
Assuming he is fit and injury free, Salah could become one of the standout performers in the FIFA 2018 World Cup.