International Break: Two wins and an assist for Liverpool stars on Thursday

Thursday night saw Kostas Tsimikas and Wataru Endo take to the field for Greece and Japan respectively, with both Liverpool stars securing their first victories of the March international break. 

The Reds have plenty of players away on international duty over the next ten days, with a number of Jurgen Klopp's players simply featuring in friendlies ahead of summer tournaments such as Euro 2024 and the Copa america.

However, that wasn't the case for Tsimikas or Endo, with both in competitive action for their countries.


Tsimikas helped guide Greece a step closer to Euro 2024 qualification, registering an assist in a 5-0 play-off semi-final victory over Kazakhstan.

The left-back set up Greece's fourth of the evening as they raced into a four-goal lead before the break, while he was also able to keep a clean sheet against a Kazakhstan side that beat Denmark recently.

The result moves Greece into one of three Euro 2024 play-off finals against Georgia, meaning they are potentially just 90 minutes away from reaching this summer's tournament in Germany.

Tsimikas has never played at a major tournament with the national team, with the 2004 European Championship winners edging closer to a return to the competition having failed to qualify since 2012.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Endo was also part of a winning Japan team that took a step towards 2026 World Cup qualification.

Endo was only a second-half substitute as Japan beat North Korea 1-0, with the result putting the Samurai Blue five points clear at the top of their qualification group already.

They have now beaten North Korea, Myanmar and Syria in their opening three matches, and will almost certainly be at the next World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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