Why Liverpool's failure may help England's World Cup chances

Steven Gerrard England

Liverpool’s England players will be determined to do their country proud at the World Cup in Brazil.

As England's opening World Cup game draws close, the scenario of Liverpool supplying half of the outfield players in Roy Hodgson's starting XI is becoming a very real possibility.

There's no doubt that Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, and Daniel Sturridge have earned the right to line up against Italy in Manaus. All have been consistent performers in a season which for Liverpool has to be deemed as an overachievement, given the fact they amassed 23 more points than last season and went close to their first Premier League title.

Yet after the desolation felt following the home defeat to Chelsea and the catastrophe at Crystal Palace, are Liverpool players in the right frame of mind to carry the hopes of a nation on their shoulders?

That burden is also intensified when you are the captain, particularly after Gerrard's infamous slip that seemed to be the catalyst for the swing in momentum away from Anfield and back towards the Etihad Stadium.

Hodgson recently addressed concerns over his skipper’s mindset, stating he must get over the disappointment and get his 'World Cup head' on. He was also quick to point out that he ‘cares desperately about Liverpool, but, fortunately for me, he cares equally desperately about England.'

After suffering a defeat, football managers often point to the positives of having another game within a short space of time, a chance to move on as quickly as possible. Of course, success can breed confidence, and Joe Hart and James Milner will go into the tournament with an extra spring in their steps following City's title triumph.

Yet the opportunity to put right a wrong can provide such motivation, and rather than stewing all summer on the what ifs, England's Liverpool contingent have the chance to put it right on the biggest stage of all.

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