England ran out 6-0 winners on Monday night as they trounced Bulgaria in Sofia. The game marked the end of the ideal international break for Liverpool.
There were only 3 Liverpool players in the England squad: Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Jordan Henderson was the only Red in action for the 3 Lions as he played the full 90 minutes against Czech Republic and Bulgaria, the former being a disappointing defeat in which England never got going and the latter being a 6-0 trouncing of the opposition. The fact that Trent and Gomez both got in full rests is great news for the Reds as they head into Sunday’s tie with Man United.
Roberto Firmino took part in both of Brazil’s 1-1 draws over the break, scoring in their first tie with Senegal. Fabinho played just 10 minutes against Nigeria.
Sadio Mane played the full 90 as he drew with his teammates in the Brazil side.
Andy Robertson played 180 minutes as Scotland were thrashed 4-0 by Russia before breezing past San Marino 6-0.
Both Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum played the full 180 minutes as the Netherlands beat Northern Ireland 3-1 and Belarus 2-1. Gini was in fine form as he netted twice against Belarus, the second goal being a 25 yard screamer, Liverpool signed the Dutchman from Newcastle for £25m in 2016.
With good performances all round, no injuries and rests for key players, this was a sterling international break for Liverpool. The Reds may have seen some of their most important players play twice in a week but luckily for Kopites, the philosophy that Jürgen Klopp has implemented at Liverpool has left the Reds one of the most physically fit sides out there. Hopefully those in fine fettle will carry their form through to the weekend’s tie with Man United and those that were rested will approach the game with fresh legs.