With the summer World Cup fast approaching we look at the five Liverpool players who could make the biggest splash in Brazil.
With this summer’s World Cup tournament rapidly approaching club fans will be turning to events in Brazil in order to see their side’s best players in international action.
Liverpool have a number of representatives in football's greatest competition, the majority of whom will be given the opportunity to impress over the coming weeks.
Here we pinpoint the five Reds who could make the biggest splash in this year’s tournament.
Raheem Sterling – England
The first of Liverpool’s England representatives, Raheem Sterling will be the one to watch in the Three Lions’ squad. If Roy Hodgson gives him the opportunity to perform, he will duly deliver; just as he has all season for Liverpool.
Having scored 10 goals for Liverpool this season, the stage is now set for Sterling to thrive under the intense pressure and scrutiny that comes with a World Cup. Should he be rewarded with a first team place, he will create huge problems from start to finish with his trickery and incredible pace.
Mamadou Sakho – France
Mamadou Sakho was instrumental in France's qualification for the tournament, scoring twice in his side’s play-off match against Ukraine. He has proven himself as an important player for Les Bleus over the past two seasons.
The 24-year-old is expected to get the nod at the heart of defence, ahead of Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Manchester City target Eliaquim Mangala; a good achievement in itself.
Luis Suarez – Uruguay
A key man for Uruguay, Luis Suarez will be hoping he recovers from injury in time to make an impact in Brazil. In the best form of his career, the 27-year-old will be looking to add to his 31 Premier League goals for the season.
The mercurial forward played an important role for his nation is South Africa, scoring three times as Los Charruas progressed to the semi-finals.
Daniel Sturridge – England
Daniel Sturridge’s switch to Anfield has been a phenomenal success. Having been offered a clean break under Brendan Rodgers he has responded with an impressive 35 goals in 49 games.
After establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s most prolific strikers, he’ll now be expected to carry this excellent club form onto the world stage.
Whether he is leading the line or a playing in a wider supporting role, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him establish himself as the Three Lions’ main source of goals.
Steven Gerrard – England
Steven Gerrard will be the first name on Roy Hodgson’s team sheet, being the Three Lion’s key player and captain. He’ll occupy a deeper midfield role, just like he has done for Liverpool in the second half of the season.
This will be the 33-year-old’s third World Cup, considering he missed the 2002 tournament through injury. He has the experience to lead England to success, it’s just a question of whether he can endure three matches in the space of just 10 days.