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Liverpool duo Tsimikas and Shaqiri shine on international duty

Kostas Tsimikas was one of several Liverpool stars to represent their country on international duty last night.

Tsimikas, 24, helped his national side Greece get an impressive result against Spain.

The Liverpool left-back produced a strong all-round performance and went toe-to-toe with the 2010 World Cup champions and held his own during a 1-1 stalemate.

Remarkably, this was Tsimikas’ first competitive start since December – his previous outing took place in the Champions League against FC Midtjylland.

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Tsimikas managed more touches than any other of his Greek teammates, 44 in total, per WhoScored.

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He also produced more tackles than any other player (five), as well as one clearance and a blocked shot to cap off a strong defensive display.

Greece’s next two matches over the international break are against Honduras and then Georgia.

It’s important that Tsimikas keeps this momentum going if he is to get up to speed and convince Jurgen Klopp he should be given more playing time at Liverpool.

He did come off in the 80th minute against Spain, although his substitution was attributed to tiredness rather than an injury.

Thiago Alcantara was also in action last night against his Liverpool teammate. The 29-year-old midfielder started from the bench and was later brought on in the 72nd minute.

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Andy Robertson helps Scotland to a draw

Andy Robertson was another of Liverpool’s players in action last night.

The Scotland captain helped his country to a 2-2 draw at home to Austria, in which they had come from behind twice.

Unlike his natural left-back role for his club side, Robertson is commonly utilised as a wing-back for his national team, with Kieran Tierney deployed on the left side of a back-three.

Robertson had more touches (81) on the ball than any Scotland player. He also made two tackles, two interceptions, two clearances to round off an impressive performance under former Liverpool assistant manager, Steve Clarke.

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Shaqiri also stars for his country

Another Liverpool player who has been on the peripheral this season yet starred for their country was Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Reds winger bagged himself two assists as Switzerland secured an impressive win against Bulgaria.

In total, he created two chances for his team, completed one dribble and remarkably made more tackles (three) than any of his Switzerland teammates.

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