Five Liverpool players for whom the World Cup could spell a January exit

Tiago Ilori, Iago Aspas, Brad Jones, Joao Teixeira and Sebastian Coates may need a January switch.

With the World Cup coming up next summer, plenty of players in the Premier League want first-team football to ensure they are on the plane to Brazil.

So which Liverpool players could leave permanently or temporarily this January?

Tiago Ilori

Signed from Sporting Lisbon in January for £7 million the London born Portuguese has not been given any opportunity to showcase his talents that recently saw him named as one of the 50 best young players in Europe.

Portugal have to overcome Sweden in the play-offs first, and Ilori will then need to be playing first-team football to make it to Brazil.

He could even represent England, if he does enough to convince the FA.

Iago Aspas

Aspas joined Liverpool and probably dreamed of going on to play for Spain. However he has struggled with the physical nature of the Premier League, and is now out until December through injury.

When he comes back, he will want to be playing first-team football to give him any chance of getting into a competitive Spanish team.

Brad Jones

The goalkeeper only has three caps for Australia at the moment, and at the moment he is behind the likes of Matthew Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Mark Schwarzer, Eugene Galekovic, Nathan Coe, Adam Federici, Mark Birighitti …. You get the point; a lot of Australian keepers are ahead of him.

But they have recently changed management, and Jones might need to leave to take this opportunity.

Joao Carlos Teixeira

This is, admittedly, a howitzer.

The Portuguese midfielder has not even played for Liverpool yet, but he has one cap for the Portugal Under-21s and one goal from that game.

A loan deal at Brentford didn’t suit him earlier this season, but perhaps going back home could force his way into an unlikely World Cup spot.

Sebastian Coates

This one largely depends on Coates recovering from a serious knee injury in the next two to three months.

But even after that he could move to the Championship on emergency loan basis if it is going to help him get in the Uruguay squad.

But he has to be fit first, and Uruguay have to beat Jordan as well.

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