How did Liverpool stars fare on their national duty?
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How did Liverpool stars fare on their national duty?

The international break though gave a much needed break for club football, players from all over Europe were involved in national duty as International friendlies were scheduled to keep them busy.

English franchise Liverpool had a number of players away playing for their country in their bid to cement their place in the team for the upcoming EURO16 in France.

The English contingent of the club was busy over the two weeks as England faced World Champions Germany and Netherlands in the space of 4 days.

Adam Lallana was the only player who started both the games and looked comfortable in an advance role in Roy Hodgson’s plans. He displayed great skill in the build-up to Jamie Vardy’s goal against Netherlands and also played a confident hour against Germany in the first game.

Nathaniel Clyne also started the game against the World Champions and picked himself an assist for Vardy’s goal in that game. He came on for Danny Rose after the hour mark against Netherlands but failed to keep the Dutch away from a winning goal.

James Milner who played no part in the game against Germany capped his first game as the captain of the national side against Holland. He was full of energy on his first night as the England skipper which came to an end 10 minutes from time.

Liverpool’s current skipper Jordan Henderson played a part in the winner against Germany as he picked out Dier from the corner right at the end of the game. He looked confident on the ball on the night and put in an impressive performance to cement his place in the EUROs.

He was an unused substitute in the game against Holland.

Liverpool’s energetic midfielder Emre Can also picked up a national cap as he was deployed on the right side of the defense for Germany in the game against England. He was careless in possession at times but showed some good strength to keep his flank away from danger.

He also came on with 20 minutes to go in Germany’s 4-1 victory over Italy and was impressive this time in his favorable mid-field position.

Liverpool’s fan favorite Mamadou Sakho was not used in France’s 3-2 victory over Netherlands but he showed some great promise when he was given a start along-side Raphael Varane of Real Madrid in the 4-2 victory over Russia.

Belgium striking duo at Liverpool, Christian Benteke and Divock Origi were both withdrawn from the squad after they sustained injuries even before the start of the friendlies. The other Belgian at Anfield, Simon Mignolet was an unused substitute in the 2-1 loss against Portugal.

Mid-fielder Joe Allen , who got just 20 minutes against Northern Island showed his class in the start against Ukraine. He ran the strings in the mid-field with minimal fuzz but could not help his team in their 1-0 loss to Ukraine.

Defender Dejan Lovren started Croatia’s game against Israel and put in a brilliant performance in their 2-0 victory. He was rested for Croatia’s game against Hungary.

Meanwhile, Martin Skrtel continued his horror show at Southampton and conceded a penalty in Slovakia’s 2-2 draw with Republic of Ireland.

But the biggest news for the Liverpool fans is the come-back of star striker Daniel Sturridge to the national line-up.

The Liverpool striker has not featured for his country in more than 2 years but he started England’s second game against Netherlands and played a part in Vardy’s goal. He looked fit and sharp and did no harm to his place in the England squad for the EURO16.

Liverpool welcome Tottenham to Anfield this weekend in a crunch tie when the Premier League resumes once again.

 

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