Liverpool were the joint top team with Juventus to have the most number of players participating in the European Championship from a single club.
Both the clubs had 12 representatives in the prestigious tournament. No doubt, it is a matter of pride for the club. Despite not having a good season, Liverpool still could manage 12 representatives in the Euros which suggest that there are good individuals in the squad but are yet to click as a team.
In this article, we take a look on all the Liverpool players who have participated in the Euro 2016. 12 players are from 5 different countries. I have decided to put the players according to their respective countries. Here we
England (Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge) :
Out of the five players, Adam Lallana is the only player who has started all the three games for the three lions. And, more importantly Lallana has looked more lively than any other player in the National Team. Lallana has been deployed at the right side of the front three. Lallana’s work rate in the tournament has been brilliant, pressing tirelessly throughout the match. Lallana also has had few chances to score. But, despite having an impressive tournament, Adam Lallana has nothing to show in return. No goals or assists for him as yet.
Daniel Sturridge has a got a crucial goal for England against Wales. Sturridge didn’t feature in England’s opener against Russia. He got his chance against Wales in the second half of the match. England were trailing 1-0 when he came on. It was his impact that gave England the victory. He created one for Vardy and scored himself in the injury time to give England the much needed win. Sturridge started against Slovakia. It was a lacklustre performance by his standards. Overall, Sturridge has been vitally effective for England.
Both Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne were on the bench for the first two matches. Both of them started the match against Slovakia. Nathaniel Clyne had a brilliant outing. There was no attack from Slovakia for Clyne to be under any kind of threat. He himself however created the most number of chances in the game for England. Jordan Henderson also played the full match. He had a good game in the midfield. There were 1-2 delightful passes from Henderson which the English attackers failed to convert. Overall Henderson was good if not excellent.
James Milner has barely got any minutes to play. He was a second half substitute against Russia where he got only something around 10 minutes to play. The following two matches he was on the bench and didn’t feature in the game.
England face Iceland in the round of 16. Certainly Sturridge and Lallana are starting the match. Hopefully all the Liverpool players will have a positive impact on the tournament.
Belgium( Divock Origi, Christian Benteke, Simon Mignolet):
It is nothing to be surprised that no one of these three are a regular starter in the National side. Belgium have a diversified bunch of talents. Divock Origi was a second half substitute for Romelu Lukaku in the first match against Italy. He squandered 2 glorious opportunities to score. Divock Origi’s finishing is questionable at times. Origi has not had much time to make an impact in the tournament.
Likewise, Christian Benteke has only featured in only one game against Sweden when he came in as a substitute. Benteke has managed only 8-10 minutes on the football pitch in this championship. Simon Mignolet is yet to be on the football pitch in Euro 2016. No doubt with Thibaut Courtois in front of the goal, Mignolet is supposed to be a mere bench warmer for the whole tournament. Nothing much for Liverpool from the Belgian camp as yet. Belgium faced Hungary in the last 16. There was nothing much for these tree players in the pre-quarters as well. Belgium face Wales in the quarter finals. Let’s see if any of the Liverpool player get a chance to play and make a meal of it.
Wales (Joe Allen, Danny Ward):
The best Liverpool player in the European Championship 2016 has to be Joe Allen. He is having an astute tournament till now. To add to this, he already has bagged three man of the match awards in four matches. His dynamic presence and precised passes in the midfield helps him dictate the game for his country. Nicknamed “The Welsh Pirlo”, Joe Allen is absolutely proving his admirers right. There are few speculations that Joe Allen could be on his way out of Anfield and join his former club Swansea City. But as it remains now, he is still a Liverpool player.
Danny Ward played the opener for Wales against Slovakia as Wayne Hennesey, the Wales’ number one, was out injured. Although Ward conceded a goal, he had a decent game making a few good saves which brought him massive praises from his manager, Chris Coleman. Other than that, the tournament has been a quite one for Ward.
Wales have qualified for the quarter finals and will face Belgium. All the best to little Joe and Ward!
Germany( Emre Can):
Emre Can was the only German present in the Liverpool squad last season. So this makes him the only Liverpool player in the German squad as well. Emre Can is yet to play for the world champions in the tournament, as expected. Germany won against Slovakia in their last 16 encounter. Hopefully, we can see a little bit of Can in the coming stages of the tournament.
Slovakia( Martin Skrtel):
Martin Skrtel is the captain of the Slovakian side. And he has led the team quite well into the last 16 phase. Skrtel had a torrid time in the first match against Bale and co. But, his performances have improved drastically. Skrtel had a good game against Russia as his side won the match 2-1.
Slovakia then faced their most daunting task in the tournament when they were up against a confident English side. Skrtel inspired his team throughout the match with his defending and helped Slovakia muster a draw which gave them an illusive point to qualify for the next round. Martin Skrtel was adjudged the man of the match for his stellar performance against England. Skrtel again had a torrid time against Germany in the round of 16. Germany defeated Slovakia 3-0. The tournament is over for Martin Skrtel. We could also see Martin Skrtel move out of Anfield. He has been linked with a host of clubs.
Liverpool will hope that all the Liverpool players return to the club without any injury scares. Klopp is determined to bring success to the club. With Marko Grujic and Joel Matip already wrapped up in last January and Loris Karius in this summer respectively, Klopp is still looking to strengthen his side. A deal for Southampton’s Sadio Mane also looks imminent.
Our best wishes to all the Liverpool players who are contesting in the Euros. May the best team win and every player has a safe but enjoyable Euros.