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Liverpool trio handed World Cup lifelines following FIFA rule change

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Nations competing at this winter's World Cup in Qatar will be allowed to name three additional players in their squad, FIFA has confirmed.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, nations had only been able to name a 23-man squad for major international tournaments.

READ MORE: Liverpool could unleash Academy star after double transfer READ MORE: Chelsea are desperately trying to sign what Liverpool have had for six years However, the new rule change allows managers to name up to 15 substitutes on the bench per game, which will ultimately hand those on the periphery of their international squads the chance of featuring at the showpiece event later this year.

However, last summer's European Championships saw UEFA allow all of those involved to name a 26-man squad for the finals, which were held in varying cities across Europe, but only a 23-man squad for match days.

The final member of the Liverpool squad who could be set to benefit from the latest announcement is defender Joe Gomez.

Having not been recalled to the England squad since he suffered a knee injury in November 2020, if the 25-year-old is handed the minutes during the early stages of next season he could find himself knocking on Southgate's door ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

This meant managers such as Gareth Southgate were required to drop a handful of players for each game they played in the tournament.
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