Liverpool FC International Round Up

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A number of Liverpool players where away representing their respective countries over the last week and a half and they have all been in action.

England visited Netherlands on Friday night with Henderson and Van Dijk captaining their sides in Amsterdam. Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum all started in that game with Adam Lallana on the bench. It was England who came out on top during that game but Joe Gomez left the field just 8 minutes into the match with an ankle injury and is expected to miss at least a month of action.

England also faced Italy last night with the game finishing 1-1. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started the game with him being subbed off in the 58th minute for fellow Liverpool teammate Adam Lallana. Jordan Henderson was subbed on for an injured John Stones in the 73rd minute.

Van Dijk and Wijnaldum were also back in action for Holland as they overcame Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal side 3-0 with Van Dijk captaining the side and scoring his first international goal for the Netherlands.

Mo Salah is having a great season for Liverpool and was carrying on that form for his country as he scored the opening goal in their match against Portugal on Friday night. He fired a fantastic 20 yard shot into the back of the net to put Egypt 1-0 up but it was Ronaldo who came out on top after scoring two goals in quick succession. That goal for Salah on Friday night meant he had now scored 38 goals for club and country so far this season. Salah was an unused substitute in their 1-0 defeat to Greece last night. Thankfully he will be returning to Merseyside with no injury.

Roberto Firmino was a second half substitute for Brazil when they beat Russia 3-0 on Friday night replacing Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus and linking up with former teammate Phillipe Coutinho. He did not feature for Brazil in their game against Germany last night.

Liverpool’s potential new summer signing Alisson was in goal for Brazil on Friday night and put in a good performance to keep a clean sheet. He also featured in goal for them last night and under their current manager Tite, Alisson has played 15 games and only conceded three goals.

Sadio Mane was an unused substitute in Senegal’s 1-1 draw against Uzbekistan which made a lot of Liverpool fans and I’m sure manager Jurgen Klopp very happy. He played 87 minutes for Senegal last night as they drew 0-0 with Bosnia.

It was an unhappy moment for fan favourite Andy Robertson who captained Scotland in there 1-0 defeat against Costa Rica. The left-back played the full 90 minutes on Alex McLeish’s return but could not prevent the hosts from losing. Robertson also featured for 65 minutes in Scotlands 1-0 win over Hungary last night and will also return to Merseyside injury free.

Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi, who is on loan at Wolfsburg were also called up for international duty with Belgium. Mignolet kept a clean sheet as Belgium beat Arabia 4-0 last night with Divock Origi looking on from the bench.

An injured Emre Can watched from the stands as Germany drew 1-1 with Spain and lost 1-0 to Brazil on Tuesday night and given the strength of their team it will be interesting to see where Can fits in during the summer.Again on Friday night, Marko Grujic featured for Serbia replacing Nemanja Matic in midfield as his side were defeated 2-1 by Morocco in Turin. Serbia also played against Nigeria last night beating them 2-0 with Grujic coming on for the remaining 25 minutes. Ragnar Klavan was also called up for international duty with him captaining Estonia in their game against Georgia where they were beaten 2-0.

Looking at youth games, Dominic Solanke was subbed on for England last night having missed their game against Romania due to injury. He sealed the victory for the young lions as he scored the winner in the 88th minute beating Ukraine in their European championship qualifier.

Before all these games took place, Harry Wilson was handed his first start for Wales. The youngster, who is currently on loan at Hull, marked his debut and his 21st birthday with a goal and an assist as they won 6-0. Ben Woodburn also featured in the second half. Wilson also played 70 minutes in their defeat to Uruguay on Monday, Woodburn was an unused sub.

 

Article by Lauren Black

@LaurenBlack9

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