Liverpool star ready to down captain fantastic at World Cup as French hero will be pleased

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We take a look at the Liverpool players going to the World Cup. Can any of them lift the trophy?

So there we have it, the World Cup draw is done and dusted and England have a tough but exciting group.

But of course the majority of our Premier League players these days represent other nations … so how have they fared.

Well Liverpool have plenty of players who will definitely go to the World Cup, some trying to force their way back into the international reckoning and a few on the cusp of a breakthrough.

So we thought we would test just how each of those players would feel after watching the draw today.

The most eye catching group from a Liverpool perspective has to be the one containing England, Group D, where Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica make up the rest of the numbers.

And it is Uruguay, who got to the semi-finals four years, who most interest us.

Because it means Luis Suarez will be the main threat for the likes of Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge and potentially Jordan Henderson. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will also be trying to keep the star man in action - expect a big Premier League backlash of fouls on Suarez in 2014.

Sebastian Coates, another Uruguayan, is hoping to be back in action from cruciate ligament surgery for the competition.

Philippe Coutinho is desperate to travel to Brazil for a home World Cup despite not currently being part of the Selecao set-up. If he does manage to make it into the squad he will be playing in Group A against Cameroon, Mexico and Croatia.

Lucas Leiva on the other hand will likely go to the tournament as a regular in Luiz Felipe Scolari.

Mamadou Sakho meanwhile, the hero for France in their play-off against Ukraine, will now reap the rewards of that monumental game. Les Bleus have a relatively easy group with Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras all present.

Aly Cissokho will also try and force his way into the France set-up.

Meanwhile Victor Moses, like Cissokho only on loan at the club, is in Group F - where he will have to outdo the likes of Lionel Messi as The Super Eagles drew Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Simon Mignolet will fancy his chances of advancing. Belgium’s deputy keeper is in a group with Algeria, South Korea and Russia - while Kolo Toure might finally get to see the second round of the World Cup.

Perennial Group of Death entrants Ivory Coast have Colombia, Japan and Greece to contend with.

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