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When are Liverpool World Cup players back? Status of returning stars for Carabao Cup, Premier League

Liverpool return to competitive action after the 2022 World Cup break with an almighty bang.

Jurgen Klopp’s side play two games in the space of four days with the first of those already seeing them knocked out the Carabao Cup against Manchester City on Dec. 22.

The Reds have been in mixed form this season and will be desperate to return to the pitch in more convincing fashion. 

Liverpool, however, had seven players competing at the World Cup in Qatar and won’t be able to call on them all straight away. 

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When are Liverpool World Cup players back? 

Aside from Ibrahima Konate, who played for France in the World Cup final, every other World Cup player has now returned to training at Anfield with their teams not making it past the quarterfinals. 

Those names include: Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Fabinho, Darwin Nunez and Virgil van Dijk

Although back training for Liverpool, it’s unlikely all six will feature straight away for the Reds.  

Will Liverpool World Cup players be available vs Aston Villa?

The Reds return to Premier League action against Aston Villa on December 26.

Van Dijk missed the defeat to Manchester City following his World Cup exertions and Alexander-Arnold was also absent due to illness.

Konate, who is currently in Dubai on holiday, considering his lengthy World Cup campaign, will return to training after the Villa match.

Liverpool World Cup players: How they fared in Qatar 

The 2022 World Cup was a mixed bag for Liverpool’s representatives. 

None of them returned to Anfield with a winner’s medal – most players knocked out in the quarterfinals. 

But a majority did play regularly for their nations with all seven importantly avoiding injury. 

Player Country Stage Games Mins
Alisson Brazil Quarterfinals 3 290
Fabinho Brazil Quarterfinals 1 90
Jordan Henderson England Quarterfinals 4 272
Trent Alexander-Arnold England Quarterfinals 1 33
Darwin Nunez Uruguay Group stages 3 242
Ibrahima Konate France Final 5 292
Virgil van Dijk Netherlands Quarterfinals 5 480

Premier League 2022/23 TV channels, live streams

Region TV Streaming
Australia Optus Sport
Canada

fuboTV

Hong Kong Now TV
India Star Sports Disney+, Hotstar, JioTV
Malaysia Astro SuperSport Astro Go
New Zealand Sky Sport Sky Sport Now, Sky Go
Singapore StarHub StarHub TV+
UK Sky Sports, BT Sport NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime
USA USA Network, Telemundo, Universo fuboTV, Peacock

UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.

USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport. 

India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).


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