Two Liverpool stars are keeping in touch at the 2022 FIFA World Cup despite being temporary enemies.
England face France in the quarter-finals on Saturday, and that means Trent Alexander-Arnold could face fellows Reds defender Ibrahima Konate, even if neither look likely to start the clash. Either way, the duo will be on opposing sidelines this weekend, and with plenty at stake.
It’s an unusual situation, while the same can be said about the other Liverpool star representing England - Jordan Henderson. But it’s Alexander-Arnold who has decided to reach across into the France setup, sending a text to Konate.
The Liverpool centre-back told the media: “This rivalry has existed for a long time, in U16 I played England and it was a different match. This rivalry has existed since the dawn of time. Alexander-Arnold sent me a message saying ‘see you Saturday my brother’ because I am very close to him.”
Liverpool will get at least one of their stars back on Saturday, but it’s good to see their stars not falling out over the renewal of the rivalry, or at least not yet. The winner of the clash will go on to the semi-finals, where they will face the winner of Portugal and Morocco.
On the other side of the bracket, Argentina will take on Netherlands for a spot in the last four, while Brazil are taking on Croatia, creating the possibility of one side of the semi-finals being South American, and the other European.
England head into the France clash with plenty of belief following their convincing win over Senegal, but France are one of the favourites to win the competition - as they did in 2018 - and they come into this one in good form themselves, beating Poland 3-1 with star man Kylian Mbappe looking unstoppable.