Liverpool is in line to compete with Arsenal, Manchester City, and Chelsea down the stretch for the 2013-2014 Premier League title. They currently sit four points back of Chelsea at the top of the table after beating Manchester United on Sunday. They have just eight fixtures left in their schedule.
When the Premier League schedule wraps up in early May, however, Liverpool’s players will have an even bigger responsibility, with as many as five of them switching jerseys to join the English national team for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Top Bet sportsbook prices England at a distant +3,300 to win it all in South America, a price that could become very favourable with some help from Liverpool’s contingent.
England’s hopes will be anchored by the play of captain Steven Gerrard, who will wear the captain’s band for his country’s team as well. Gerrard has 10 goals and nine assists in the Premiership this season, and will need to bring every inch of his offensive touch to a team that struggled to a measly three goals in four games at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Speaking of goals, Daniel Sturridge has been lighting it up this season and is a lock to make England’s squad in Brazil. With 18 goals and six assists, he will hope to keep his productivity up without his fellow Liverpool striker Luis Suarez (25 goals, 10 assists). Suarez will turn his offensive prowess against England in the group stage of the tournament, as his dangerous Uruguay team is in the same group as England.
Glen Johnson is the last Liverpool player who is certain to make the English national team, as one of if not the best right back in the Premiership.
Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, much improved this season, have an outside shot of making the team. Henderson and Sterling, while playing their hearts out for Liverpool, are also desperately trying to play themselves onto a World Cup side looking to improve on its quarterfinal exit in 2010.