The domestic season finished almost three weeks ago now, but several of Liverpool’s stars have been in action on the international scene. Here’s the lowdown on the Reds that have recently been in action for their national sides.
New boy Dominic Solanke prepared for life at Liverpool by helping England win their first World Cup since 1966 as the U20s edged out Venezuela in a 1-0 victory in South Korea.
Solanke featured for the full 90 minutes in a tournament where he was awarded by the accolade of ‘Most Valuable Player’, and a medal was the cherry on top for a fine campaign.
His new Liverpool team-mate Sheyi Ojo came on as a 61st minute substitute in the final, whilst midfielder Ovie Ejaria was an unused substitute for the Young Lions.
Solanke scored two and Ojo created another two as they booked their place in the final after coming from behind to seal a 3-1 victory over Italy.
Before that, Solanke scored the only goal of the game as Paul Simpson’s side beat Mexico, with Ejaria coming on as a second half substitute.
Phillipe Coutinho captained his native Brazil for the first time on Tuesday as they beat Australia 4-0 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The playmaker, 25, has been subject to a lot of speculation off the field with rumours of a possible to transfer, but the Brazilian let his boots to the talking with another sublime performance.
He was then replaced by Chelsea forward Willian in the 71st minute as his season officially come to a close just days after he played the full game in Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina.
Another player who had a great deal of success on international break was Gini Wijnaldum, who got on the scoresheet as the Netherlands thrashed Luxembourg 5-0 on Friday evening.
The midfielder warmed up for that by playing the final 26 minutes as his country eased to another 5-0 victory, this time over the Ivory Coast in Rotterdam.
Adam Lallana played 14 minutes for England as they suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat against France at the Stade de France on Tuesday evening, with the midfielder replacing debutant Keiran Trippier in the 76th minute of the game.
The midfielder eased to the end of his season after playing the full 90 minutes for Gareth Southgate’s side in their 2-2 draw against rivals Scotland in their World Cup Qualifier at Hampden Park on 10 June.
Elsewhere, Liverpool team-mates were up against each other in another World Cup Qualifier this week when Estonia faced Belgium.
Ragnar Klavan featured for the hosts, but could not prevent them suffering a 2-0 defeat in Tallinn, whilst Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi were both unused susbtitutes.
Finally, Emre Can was another player to feature for their country this week, and the versatile midfielder played the full 90 minutes as Germany eased to a 7-0 victory over San Marino on Saturday evening.
Earlier in the week, Can come on as a 59th minute substitute as Germany drew 1-1 with Denmark in preparation for their World Cup Qualifiers that were to follow.
The Liverpool midfielder will now look forward to the opening day of the Premier League season when Liverpool travel to Watford, where he’ll be hoping to emulate his ‘Goal of the Season’ from the 2016/17 campaign.
Written by Scott Taylor