International Break Roundup – How did Liverpool's players get on?

Dan Vassie
10 months ago

Full preparations for Liverpool's trip to Wolves on Saturday will soon be underway now that the final batch of international fixtures have been completed, but how did our Reds get on in their final round of games?

Across the dreaded international break, many of Liverpool's stars have taken their impressive early Premier League form into their fixtures with their home nations, with the likes of Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo and Dominik Szoboszlai performing admirably at the weekend.

Now just three days away from the competitive club season restarting, the final seven of 14 Reds have completed their international duties, and here's how they got on.

Egypt 1-3 Tunisia – Disappointment for Salah

Unfortunately for Mohamed Salah, Egypt ended the international break poorly, getting beat 3-1 by Tunisia at home in a friendly.

The away team started the game off strong, netting two in the first six minutes and despite Egypt's attempts to drag back a result courtesy of a 34th minute Omar Kamal goal, Tunisia scored with the final kick of the game to secure their 3-1 victory.

Despite playing the entire game, Salah failed to contribute a goal or an assist, which is a sentence that, let's be honest, is very rarely said.

Scotland 1-3 England – Game of two halves for Robertson

Andy Robertson was another Liverpool player to taste defeat on Tuesday night, with Scotland falling short against England.

While from a Scotland perspective, a game against England is never one you can expect to win, the nature of the defeat will no doubt frustrate Liverpool's Scottish captain.

England went 1-0 up through Phil Foden in the 32nd minute, and moments later, Robertson switched off momentarily and failed to control the ball in his own box, which led to Jude Bellingham taking advantage and scoring the second.

Robertson bounced back to get the assist for a calamitous Harry Maguire own goal in the second half, but England eventually won the game 3-1.

Speaking to beIN Sports after the match, Robertson addressed his mistake, saying: "The second goal is completely my fault. Obviously that can't happen, but you take it on the chin and try and react and in the second half we got ourselves back in the game. I hate letting this team down and that's what I felt I did today.

"I had to apologise to the team and the manager. I did that and I just tried to have a positive reaction in the second half and I thought I've done that but tonight I'll obviously be kicking myself."

Japan 4-2 Turkey – Endo performs again

Coming off the back of an impressive 4-1 victory against Germany (which led to Hans Flick's sacking), Japan impressed yet again as they scored four goals against Turkey in their latest emphatic win.

Japan started the game exceptionally well, going 3-0 up in 36 minutes, but Turkey pulled one back either side of half time to keep the game competitive at 3-2.

Wataru Endo started the game on the bench and entered the field in the 64th minute. With just one goal separating the teams at the time, the Japanese captain's cameo performance helped secure his nation the win, with Junya Ito slotting a penalty with 12 minutes remaining.

Bolivia 0-3 Argentina – Impressive from Mac Allister

Alexis Mac Allister was on form once again for World Cup holders Argentina, as they cruised past Bolivia on Tuesday evening.

Liverpool's new number ten started the game from central midfield and played 85 minutes, before eventually being subbed out for Leandro Paredes.

Argentina opened the scoring in the 31st minute through Enzo Fernandez and a Bolivia red card shortly after opened the flood gates for the away side.

Ecuador 2-1 Uruguay – Darwin subbed

Darwin Nuñez and Uruguay had a much tougher time against Ecuador than they did against Chile at the weekend.

After recording two assists in Uruguay's 3-1 win on Saturday, fans were expecting Nuñez to keep up the hot form and maybe even bag a goal before heading back to Merseyside.

However, despite scoring first, Uruguay were beaten 2-1 by the home side, but the more worrying thing was that Liverpool's number nine was substituted for the second half.

Speaking to reporters after the game, head coach Marcelo Bielsa said he brought the striker off because of "muscular difficulties".

There was no indication that Nuñez had picked up an actual injury, so Liverpool fans will be hoping his withdrawal is due to fatigue rather than anything more serious.

Other news

Luis Diaz played 71 minutes in Colombia's 0-0 draw with Chile on Wednesday morning, with his second-half substitution likely a precaution due to the winger picking up a yellow card.

Meanwhile, Alisson Becker was an unused substitute in Brazil's late win against Peru. Manchester City's Ederson was the preferred choice as number one, while centre back Marquinhos scored the winner, and only goal, in the final moments of the game.

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