|2000 - Ghana/Nigeria||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|2004 - Tunisia||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|El Hadji Diouf||Senegal||4||0|
|2008 - Ghana||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Momo Sissoko||Mali||1/1||0||3rd in Group B|
|2013 - South Africa||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Oussama Assaidi||Morocco||2||0||3rd in Group A|
|2015 - Equatorial Guinea||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Kolo Touré||Ivory Coast||6||0||Winner!|
|2007 - Venezuela||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Javier Mascherano||Argentina||5 (1)||2||Runner-up|
|2011 - Argentina||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Lucas Leiva||Brazil||3 (1)||0||Quarter-finals|
|2015 - Chile||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Philippe Coutinho||Brazil||2 (1)||0||Quarter-finals|
|1998 - USA||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|2000 - USA||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
The OFC Nations Cup is one of international football’s more unconventional competitions, doubling as the qualifying tournament for the 2006 World Cup. As the region’s dominant force, it was no surprise to see Harry Kewell’s Australia make the final, after a six-team group stage. They came up against surprise package the Solomon Islands, in a two-legged finale that bafflingly took place four months after the rest of the tournament Kewell was an unused sub for the first leg in a resounding 5-1 win, before making his first appearance of the tournament in the second leg, scoring the second of six goals in another comprehensive victory for the Socceroos.
|2004 - Australia||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
Kewell has the unusual honour of being the only Liverpool player to have played in three different major international competitions. As well as the 2004 OFC Nations Cup and the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Kewell later appeared for his country in the 2007 Asian Cup. Following the FFA’s decision to switch confederation and join the AFC in 2006 in order to regularly come up against stronger opposition, Australia qualified easily for the 2007 tournament, held across Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Kewell scored one goal in four games, but it was not enough to claim superiority in their maiden appearance, losing in the quarterfinals on penalties to Japan. In 2011, in Qatar, Brad Jones was a member of the Australia squad that finished runners-up, but did not get any gametime.
|2007 - Indonesia...||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Harry Kewell||Australia||2 (2)||1||Quarter-finals|
As one of the world’s most exclusive competitions, whereby qualification is usually only achieved through success in a previous international tournament, it is rare that Liverpool have had players involved in the FIFA Confederations Cup. In fact, the first time this happened was something of a fluke, as Brad Friedel’s USA side earned their place as a result of Mexico qualifying as host nation, and therefore passing their Gold Cup winners’ berth onto the runners up. Unfortunately for Brad, the USA fell short against the Mexicans again, this time in the semifinals, before winning the third place play-off against Saudi Arabia.
Spain’s golden era in the late 2000s meant they qualified for both the 2009 and 2013 tournaments. In 2009’s edition in South Africa, they were joined by reigning world champions Italy, who despite featuring the mercurial talents of Andrea Dossena, did not make it out of their group. Spain on the other hand, boasting a quintet of Reds, made it to the semifinals before losing to the USA, their first loss since November 2006, an incredible 35 games before! As with Brad Friedel a decade before, however, Spain rediscovered their form to take victory in the third-place playoff.
By the time of the 2013 tournament in Brazil, only one Spanish international remained at Liverpool, although Pepe Reina only featured once as his side progressed to the final before losing to the hosts. Luis Suarez and Sebastian Coates both featured for reigning Copa America holders Uruguay, but despite three goals for Suarez they lost to Brazil in the semifinal.
Looking ahead to the 2017 event in Russia, it is possible that a Liverpool player might be involved for a fourth time. If Brad Smith continues his development, it is not inconceivable that he might make the cut for the reigning AFC champions, Australia, whilst Emre Can (currently without a senior cap) could well feature for a Germany side who have already qualified through virtue of being the World Champions.
|1999 - Mexico||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Brad Friedel||USA||2||0||3rd place|
|2009 - South Africa||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Andrea Dossena||Italy||1||0||3rd in Group B|
|Fernando Torres||Spain||5||3||3rd place|
|Alvaro Arbeloa||Spain||2 (1)||0|
|2013 - Brazil||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Luis Suarez||Uruguay||4 (1)||3||4th place|
|Sebastian Coates||Uruguay||1 (1)||0|
Football has been a perennial fixture of the ‘Greatest Show On Earth’, and since the turn of the century it has not been unusual to see Liverpool players competing for Olympic glory. Brad Friedel featured six times as the USA went for glory in Sydney, but just missed out on a medal, losing the Bronze medal match to Chile. Eight years later, Liverpool had representation in three different nations, and it was Javier Mascherano’s Argentina who came out on top, making history as the first Liverpool player to win an Olympic Gold medal. Lucas’ Brazil didn’t come away empty-handed either, taking the Bronze medal, whilst Ryan Babel’s Netherlands team could only make it as far as the quarterfinals. As the Games returned to London in 2012, the BOA took the rare (and controversial) decision to enter a Great Britain team, for the first time since 1960. Craig Bellamy, in his final months as a Liverpool player before signing for Cardiff City, was the only Red to feature, playing in all four games and scoring Great Britain’s first competitive goal in decades in the opening match against Senegal. Team GB were drawn in a group with Suarez and Coates’ Uruguay team, who were perhaps unsurprisingly afforded a less than warm reception at their first game, taking place at Old Trafford. That was to be their only win, as they crashed out at the group stage, whilst Great Britain went on to suffer a characteristic quarterfinal defeat on penalties to the eventual Bronze medallists, South Korea.
|2000 - Sydney||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Brad Friedel||USA||6||0||4th place|
|2008 - Beijing||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|2012 - London||Country||Games||Goals||Stage|
|Craig Bellamy||Great Britain||4||1||Quarter-finals|
|Sebastian Coates||Uruguay||3||0||3rd in Group A|