Internationals: A round up of the Reds on duty
A total of 19 Reds were called up by their respective countries for international duty.
While Adam Lallana and Simon Mignolet has since withdrawn from the England and Belgium squads respectively, there were still plenty of Reds in action. Here’s the rundown of the matches that Liverpool players were involved in.
Newly appointed Scotland captain Andy Robertson endured a disappointing start, with his team falling 4-0 to Belgium on Friday. Goals from Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi (two) made victory certain for the Red Devils.
While Robertson may have gotten off to a disappointing start as captain, fans will still be proud at how far our left-back has come. Attention will now be turned towards their UEFA Nations League opener against Albania at the Hampden Park on Monday.
It was a happier story for Virgil van Djik and Gini Wijnaldum, with the Netherlands winning 2-1 in their friendly against Peru. A brace from Memphis Depay was enough for the Dutch, with Pedro Aquino Sanchez netting Peru’s consolation. The Dutch will next face World Cup winners France on Monday for the Nations League opener.
Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson enjoyed similar success for their country, with Brazil beating USA 2-0. Firmino played a starring role, scoring Brazil’s opener. Having been picked ahead of Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Firmino will be hopeful that his latest performance is enough to convince Tite that he should continue to be in Brazil’s XI for the foreseeable future. Fabinho also played a part, winning a penalty which Neymar later converted.
Liverpool’s youngsters were also involved in their respective age groups. Kamil Grabara represented Poland’s U21s against the Faroe Islands, where they were held to a 1-1 draw in the European Championship qualifier. Dominic Solanke was a 76th-minute substitute for England U21s in their Euro qualifier against the Dutch, which ended in a goalless stalemate at Carrow Road. Adam Lewis was also on Young Lions duty, playing the entirety of the U20s 2-0 victory against Switzerland at St. George’s Park.