Liverpool stars in action: International Round-Up

Nine of the Liverpool first team members played for their international sides over the past two days, how did they perform?
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Liverpool went into the international break on the back of two successive wins over RB Leipzig and Wolves.

The Reds have sights on cementing a place in the top four and securing European football for next season as well as Champions League quarter-finals against Real Madrid on the horizon.

With World Cup, the African Cup of Nations and the U21 European Championship qualifiers to be played, several of our Reds were in action on the international stage. 

Arguably the omission of Trent Alexander-Arnold from the England squad was the biggest shock.

Here is a short report on how they fared.

NABY KEITA

After a small scare from a brutal tackle in the first 12 minutes, Keita went on to play the entire 90 minutes for the Guinea football team. 

The Guinea captain helped his side to a 1-0 win, Seydouba Souma with the only goal, of the game over Mali, qualifying for the 2022 African Cup of Nations. The win sent Guinea to the top of the group, a point ahead of Wednesday's opponents.

OZAN KABAK AND GEORGINIO WJINALDUM

Back in Europe, Ozan Kabak and Wjinaldum faced off at the Ataturk Stadium in Istanbul, where Turkey took on Holland to kick off their 2022 World Cup qualifiers. 

Despite a slow start, Turkey emerged as 4-2 winners, with 35-year-old Burak Yilmaz scoring a hat trick and Hakan Calhanoglu on the scoresheet. 

Turkey survived a late rally by the Dutch, who scored in the 76th and 78th minute, through Davy Klassen and Luuk de Jong, to make the scoreline 3-2 before Yilmaz secured the match ball as he made it four. 

Both Kabak and Wjinaldum, who was Dutch captain for the night, played the entire 90 minutes. 

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The 21-year-old in particular was impressive as part of a resilient Turkey defence. He gave away a penalty, a harsh decision, on the 93rd minute though, but it didn't mean anything in the end as Lyon's Memphis Depay ended up missing it.

DIOGO JOTA

Jota was an unused substitute in Portugal's narrow 1-0 win over Azerbaijan, an own goal by Maksim Medvedev at the 37th minute securing the victory for the Portuguese.

NECO WILLIAMS

He played the entire 90 minutes playing in a left wing-back position. Liverpool loanee, Harry Wilson, had opened the scoring to give Wales the lead but goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Thorgan Hazard and Romelu Lukaku saw the Belgians run out as 3-1 winners.

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CURTIS JONES

Jones was named on the bench as England U21s took on the Switzerland U21s in the European U21 Championship. 

He was introduced shortly after the hour mark but he failed to change the game as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to the Swiss. 

Dan Noyes scored the winner for his side.

MOHAMED SALAH

Salah played the full 90 minutes as his Egyptian side were held to a 1-1 draw in Kenya, Abdallah Hassan equalizing after Magdi Afsha's opener 2 minutes into the match. The match saw Egypt qualifying for the African Cup of Nations with one match in hand.

XHERDAN SHAQIRI

Shaqiri started as an attacking midfielder and played for 75 minutes against Bulgaria in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers. 

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Switzerland cruised to a 3-1 win with goals from the trio of Breel Embolo, Haris Seferović and Steven Zuber, Shaqiri was the provider for Seferović's goal. 

Kiril Despodov scored the consolation goal for the home side.

ANDREW ROBERTSON

Robertson captained his Scottish side against Austria in a dramatic 2-2 draw.

Scotland's Grant Hanley and a late bicycle kick from John McGinn secured the draw as a brace from Austria's Sasa Kalajdzic twice put the Austrians in front. 

THIAGO ALCANTARA AND KOSTAS TSIMIKAS

Thiago made the Spanish bench and came on at the 72nd minute, captaining Spain following his introduction. 

Tsimikas, on the other hand, started for Greece and played for 80 minutes before he was forced to come off due to a muscle cramp. 

 Alvaro Morata put the Spaniards ahead in the 33rd minute before Anastasios Bakasetas scored his spot-kick perfectly to rescue a point for his Greek side.

Thankfully, no new injury concerns, except for Tsimikas' minor cramp. 

The Reds are in action again on the following dates:

26th March

Sadio Mane - Congo vs Senegal 16:00 pm GMT

27th March 

Ozan Kabak - Norway vs Turkey 17:00 pm GMT

Georginio Wjinaldum - Netherlands vs Latvia 17:00 pm GMT

Diogo Jota - Serbia vs Portugal 19:45 pm GMT

28th March

Naby Keita - Namibia vs Guinea 13:00 pm GMT

Thiago Alcantara - Georgia vs Spain 16:00 pm GMT

Xherdan Shaqiri - Switzerland vs Lithuania 18:45 pm GMT 

Andrew Robertson - Israel vs Scotland 18:45 pm GMT