Last night, Liverpool fans saw the perfect summary of the career of Kingsley Coman.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Bein Sports, the Reds submitted a bid to buy the Frenchman from Bayern Munich last week.
They were treated to 65 minutes of a fantastic performance before it ended in a manner that Coman is all too familiar with.
Coman made a big impact
With France 1-0 down at the break, Didier Deschamps turned to his bench to change things up. Coman was sprung into action.
Karim Benzema equalised in the 57th minute, before Coman started a lovely team move for the Real Madrid man to bag his second just two minutes later.
Paul Pogba scored a beauty to extend the lead, but the Swiss fought back.
They scored twice in the last 10 minutes to make it 3-3.
In the last minute of injury time, Coman almost nicked it for France with a brilliant effort on goal.
He chested down a cross in the penalty area before adjusting his feet spectacularly and unleashing a ferocious effort that smacked off the woodwork.
The game went to extra time,
His driving run and pulled back cross set up Benjamin Pavard for France’s best chance of the extended period. Yann Sommer saved the close-range effort.
Coman’s stats were superb.
He took four shots, two of which were on target.
The 25-year-old made two key passes and attempted five dribbles.
He won his only aerial duel and made one interception.
There can be no doubting how much he helped his side after his introduction.
It still ended in tears
Despite his excellent performance, it still ended in disappointment for Coman and France.
As has so often been the case for him, his game was cut short due to injury.
He was seen having an intense discussion with his manager at half time of extra time.
He went down minutes later and was replaced by Marcus Thuram.
According to Deschamps in his post-match press conference (via Tribuna), Coman was determined to play through the pain.
The manager said: “He is a player who had felt a muscle problem in his thigh, he wanted to continue despite knowing that it will be difficult.”
While his attitude was complimented, it was clear that Coman was not physically able to play on.
It has been the story of his career.
France went on to lose the game on penalties. You have to wonder if Coman could have made a difference late in extra time had he stayed on.
While it would be fantastic to have a player capable of performances like these, there is not much point if he cannot play consistently.
For any Reds getting their first view of Kingsley Coman last night, they could not have had a better summary.