Five Liverpool players with huge roles to play in World Cup qualifiers

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Liverpool have several players away on international duty ahead of the latest World Cup qualifying matches.

Liverpool have made a good start to the season and a large part of that is down to their diverse squad, which includes styles and influences from several different countries.

Liverpool are affected by the international break in the same way as any of the other top sides, as their best players head off all over Europe and the rest of the world to take part in important matches.

Here are five Liverpool stars with big roles to play over the next few days.

Daniel Agger

Denmark are in a group where they are fighting against Bulgaria for second place behind runaway leaders Italy.

Agger is one of the most important players that Denmark have and he will play in the heart of their defence.

Denmark will have to be at their very best defensively in their last two games because only Malta have a worse defensive record in the group with 18 goals conceded.

Mamadou Sakho

Sakho is in a similar position to Agger as France face up to their final group game against Finland on Tuesday.

Sakho has played well since leaving PSG to earn his recall into the French squad and if he gets selected to start, he’ll be under a lot of pressure.

France have played one more game than current group leaders Spain and all they can do is put three points on the board, win impressively and hope that the Spaniards slip up.

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Steven Gerrard

One of the most under pressure players in this international break for Liverpool is going to be captain Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard is also captain of England and several players will look to him if England get off to a bad start in either of their matches against Montenegro or Poland.

Gerrard has to control the pace and tempo of England’s play while ensuring that heads don’t drop and his team stay focused on keeping England top of their group.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge is likely to start both of England’s World Cup qualifying games against Montenegro and Poland.

He’s been one of the Premier League’s in form strikers this season with six goals from seven games and he’ll be under pressure to replicate that form for his country.

England are only one point ahead of Ukraine and Montenegro as they look to secure automatic qualification for Brazil next summer.

Luis Suarez

The Uruguayan striker is always under pressure when he goes to play for his country because of his reputation and ability.

He’s been in great form since returning to the first team at Anfield and he has a big role to play as his country cling on to hopes of making the World Cup next summer.

Uruguay face Ecuador before a match against Argentina as they look to get closer to Argentina and Colombia at the top of the South American group standings.

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