By Cameron Wilson
Liverpool’s star players have featured prominently on the international stage in the latest round of World Cup qualifiers.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Fabinho have all been in action. But just how did the Reds get on during the first stage of the break?
First choice goalkeeper Allison and midfield stalwart Fabinho started in Brazil’s 0-0 draw vs a determined Colombia, a result that leaves Brazil firmly at the top of their World Cup qualifying campaign.
Unfortunately, due to the remaining Covid restrictions that surround Brazil, the pair will miss Liverpool’s upcoming matches against Watford and away at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Another player to miss those matches for the same reasons is left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas, who played in Greece’s victory against Georgia, as the Greeks secured victory with two injury time goals.
Mohamed Salah, enjoying one of the best starts to a season of his career, played an important role as Egypt battled hard to achieve a 1-0 victory over Libya.
The only Liverpool player who managed to score a goal was Senegalese sensation Sadio Mane.
He scored a wonder solo goal as his nation cruised to a 4-1 thrashing of Namibia on Saturday.
Fan favourite Andy Robertson was man of the match with an outstanding performance for Scotland versus Israel.
The defender added two more assists to his growing tally as Scotland came from behind to win 3-2 and keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive.
Virgil Van Dijk helped Netherlands achieve a 1-0 away victory versus Latvia and recorded an outstanding number of aerial duels won as he continues to cement his position as one of the world’s best.
Youngster Conor Bradley, who has played a handful of games for Liverpool, appeared for Northern Ireland in a 2-0 defeat against Switzerland as he replaced veteran Stuart Dallas in midfield.
Liverpool Captain Jordan Henderson was included in the matchday squad for England’s 5-0 demolition of Andorra, but the 31-year-old did not feature.
Other notable appearances were Japanese international Takumi Minamino who was on the wrong side of a 1-0 score line, Naby Keita who took part in a 2-2 draw versus Sudan before he was eventually substituted and Neco Williams who played a vital role in Wales’ 2-2 draw with Czech Republic, a game in which the Welshman flourished.