Which Reds will shine at the World Cup?
The news that Mohamed Salah could be sidelined for as little as three weeks ensures that Liverpool will be well represented at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Salah had been classed as a major doubt after damaging his shoulder following a suspect challenge by Sergio Ramos in last weekend’s Champions League Final, but the Egyptian sensation is now expected to have made a full recovery by the time the tournament begins.
The 44 goal frontman is a good bet to use your Promo code from BookiePro as Liverpool’s leading marksman at this summer’s tournament, but better value could be had elsewhere.
The other two members of the Reds prolific front three, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Brazil’s Roberto Firmino will also be involved in Russia, as will English duo Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Dejan Lovren is in the Croatia squad while young midfielder Marko Grujic made it into Serbia’s 23 man squad.
Simon Mignolet will also be there, sitting on the bench just as he has been at Liverpool for the past several months.
If Salah does indeed recover in time then he’ll face off against former Red Luis Suarez and Uruguay. Suarez was the last superstar Liverpool had before Salah burst onto the scene this season. Suarez will be hoping for a better experience in this World Cup than he had at the last one when he was set off for biting Italian defender Gergio Chiellini and missed the rest of the tournament.
It will be fascinating to see Salah and Suarez go head to head, but the outcome of that game will not be decisive for Egypt’s hopes of reaching the knock out stages. Uruguay will expect to qualify from the group regardless, but for the Egyptians to make it they’ll almost certainly need to beat Saudi Arabia and Russia.
For them to have any chance they’ll need Salah to reproduce his Liverpool form. Who knows, if Egypt can qualify in second place there’s every chance they’ll face Spain in the last 16, meaning Salah will come face to face with Ramos again.
Firmino looks to be the best bet to progress furthest in the competition but he is not guaranteed a starting place with Brazil. Will he be Liverpool’s top goalscorer at the tournament? Possibly, but it depends how many games he gets to play in.
Brazil will face Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica in the group stages and it would be a major shock if they failed to progress to the knock out stages. It remains to be seen how much of a role Firmino will have though, so betting on him could backfire.
Mané on the other hand will start all of Senegal’s games and the Africans have a good chance of progressing from an average looking group that also includes Colombia, Poland and Japan. He’s spent much of the season playing third fiddle to Salah and Firmino, but he’s been in fine form in recent weeks and could be set to outshine his club colleagues on the world stage this summer.