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A year later than expected, Euro 2020 is finally here.
While a society of signs – not to mention football – takes tentative steps towards a return to normalcy, the tournament is welcome even for Liverpool fans for whom the international game is usually a terrible inconvenience.

England, as one of the hosts, are among the favorites, with Reds skipper Jordan Henderson hoping to make an impact at some point in the final after recovering from a serious groin problem.

There are seven Liverpool players who will take part in the competition, some with genuine ambitions to lift the trophy at Wembley on July 11.

And here’s what a group of ECHO writers think Reds fans should be looking for – and how the European Championships could turn out.

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Ian Doyle

Who do you think will win Euro 2020?

As always with these competitions, there are a multitude of countries that are supported as contenders when in reality there are only a handful that are capable of winning.

France and Belgium will imagine their chances but, for me, Italy is the one that is doing quietly with things under the radar. This is the team to beat.

How will England do?

I am puzzled by those who claim they have been the best England team for decades. It’s definitely the most recent team, I’ll give them that.

But there is very little about the 26-man squad that turns me on – at least not yet – and there are weaknesses throughout the squad, even though Gareth Southgate is a quite decent guy.

They will leave the group. However, it’s hard to see them go much further than that – Wembley or not Wembley. Be careful, there comes a time when such teams can meet. I’d be pleasantly surprised if it’s within the next month, however.

Which Liverpool player should fans watch out for?

Liverpool fans were just starting to see the best of Thiago Alcantara at the end of the Premier League campaign, and I can’t wait to see what he can bring to Spain.

Otherwise, it could be hope that Jordan Henderson doesn’t suffer an injury setback.

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Which Euro 2020 player should Liverpool be looking to sign?

I still think Liverpool should replace Gini Wijnaldum given the questionable injury records of too many of their remaining midfielders.

And Youri Tielemans is that one. Similar to Wijnaldum, Tielemans is a versatile midfielder and most importantly he is extremely durable having appeared in every Premier League game since his debut at Leicester City in January 2019.

Les Renards will not let the Belgian go on the cheap. But where there is a will, there is usually a way.

Paul gorst

Who do you think will win Euro 2020?

With a squad full of quality, it’s hard to look beyond France, isn’t it?

They should have won it in 2016 and might think there’s a score to be settled this time around. Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté; they have a collection of players that are the envy of Europe.

Add a recalled Karim Benzema and a certain Kylian Mbappe and Les Bleus fall into this category as big favorites in my eyes.

How is England?

I would be much more confident in England’s chances if they had a more progressive and attacking manager.

With Jack Grealish, Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane, Phil Foden, Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho all battling for places in the top three, Gareth Southgate has some serious talent at his disposal.

A lack of depth at the center-back will hurt, however, and not having Trent Alexander-Arnold is a blow. Or at least it should be, if Southgate used the Liverpool man correctly.

Like Russia in 2018, the semi-finals would be a very respectable achievement for the Three Lions.

Which Liverpool player should fans watch out for?

After his first season at Anfield, Diogo Jota could be about to leave a big impression on this competition.

Thirteen goals for the Reds in his debut campaign point to a bright future in Jurgen Klopp’s forward line.

In an exciting looking Portuguese team aiming to defend their 2016 crown, Jota will be a big contributor to the Selection.

Alongside Joao Felix and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jota could have his say in, uh, the various Euro 2020 destinations.

Ryan Gravenberch from the Netherlands

Which Euro 2020 player should Liverpool be looking to sign?

Hopefully the Liverpool scouts keep their eyes open for any outstanding central midfielder to replace PSG-linked Gini Wijnaldum.

Ajax’s Ryan Gravenberch, anyone? Belgian Jeremy Doku will also be one to watch closely.

He has already been tentatively linked with Liverpool. But then again, who hasn’t?

From a purely selfish standpoint, I hope Michael Edwards and his colleagues will keep a close eye on Jack Grealish this summer, even though his likely Aston Villa price would be astronomical.

Joe Rimmer

Who do you think will win Euro 2020?

I am divided between France and Belgium. France have experience and a great all-round team, while Belgium have very fit players and someone who I think could be the tournament’s top scorer, Romelu Lukaku.

I also think Portugal could be a dark horse and England will have a good tournament.

It’s hard, but I’ll go to France.

How is England?

As I mentioned, I think they are doing well. The group is extremely delicate but it is a group which, if England come out unscathed, can give them confidence ahead of the knockout stage. They have young players who should be brave to enter the competition and that bodes well.

Heartache in the semi-finals awaits you.

Which Liverpool player should fans watch out for?

Diogo Jota.

I would like Portugal to get into this competition and they seem to be in scorer form for their country. And he should be full of confidence after a truly impressive first season at Liverpool.

Portugal have a very difficult group, but I think they can qualify alongside France, and Jota’s goals will have a lot to do with it.

Which Euro 2020 player should Liverpool be looking to sign?

In a perfect world, I would say Youri Tielemans. Experience in the Premier League, youth, potential, good athlete, goal threat… he ticks a lot of boxes.

But while I would love to see him at Liverpool, I just can’t imagine Leicester would sell at a price the Reds could reasonably do business with.

So what about a more realistic option? Much has been said about PSV forward Donyell Malen and we know Liverpool need a striker. He’s young and full of potential after a great season in Holland, but it will be interesting to see if he can make an impact at a higher level.

So this is the one I will be watching.

Peter Harris

Who do you think will win Euro 2020?

France. Very impressive in the 2016 tournament and has since become worthy world champions.

How will England do?

Despite all the talent available, I’m not convinced Gareth Southgate has found the perfect way to play his side for maximum effect. But they should be able to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Which Liverpool player should fans watch out for?

Jordan Henderson’s injury watch. Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota are expected to give fans a better idea of ​​what to expect next season after thrilling glimpses of the previous campaign.

Which Euro 2020 player should Liverpool be looking to sign?

Donyell Malen and Jeremy Doku whenever they have a chance for the Netherlands and Belgium respectively. Fast, young and dangerous forwards who could really bolster Liverpool’s attacking options.

And of course Youri Tielemans to now replace Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Gini Wijnaldum.


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