Liverpool field team with 11 different nationalities

Liverpool field team with 11 different nationalities

LFC set a new club record today when the Starting XI for the game against Brentford featured eleven players from eleven different countries.

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We all know that football is a multi-cultural sport, but Liverpool took that to a whole new level on Saturday when their Starting XI featured players from eleven different countries!  Indeed, yesterday's lineup set a new club record, as it was the first time that Liverpool have fielded such a diverse Starting XI in a league match.

Even though Liverpool's squad features players from nineteen different countries, it's very rare to have only one player from each nation in the starting lineup.  For instance, Liverpool has always had a strong core of local players, meaning there would usually be at least two or three English players in the team.  In more recent years, Alisson, Fabinho, and Firmino have been mainstays of the side, meaning there were always three Brazilians in the Starting XI.

Of course, football managers select their teams based on their player's skills and abilities, not their nationality, and it's unlikely that Jurgen Klopp was even aware of the record he was setting.  In fact, if it wasn't for injuries to several key players, yesterday's record would not have happened.  That's because Trent Alexander-Arnold would usually start at right-back, rather than Conor Bradley.  Trent is English, as is Curtis Jones, who was also in the Starting XI, which would have prevented the record from being set.

Read on below to see the full list of nationalities from yesterday's squad.

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Liverpool Starting XI vs Brentford - 17th February 2024

Kelleher - Republic of Ireland
Bradley - Northern Ireland
Konate - France
Van Dijk - Netherlands
Robertson - Scotland
Jones - English
Endo - Japan
Mac Allister - Argentina
Diaz - Colombia
Jota - Portugal
Nunez - Uruguay

Will yesterday's record ever be repeated?  Possibly.  With injuries to Jota and Jones, Klopp will need to make changes to his side for Wednesday's game against Luton Town at Anfield.  Mo Salah will probably start in place of Jota, whilst Harvey Elliot could play in midfield.  That would again mean eleven different nationalities in the Starting XI.  More likely, however, is Ryan Gravenberch or Cody Gakpo both starting, which would mean two or even three Dutch players in the same side.

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