Liverpool stars have flown to their respective countries to represent their nations in international friendlies. Most of the squad has been selected in their national teams and the Liverpool players especially the England players have performed well.
The rest of the squad is on a much-needed break with Jurgen Klopp in Tenerife for some warm weather training along with their families. The players will return ahead of the big match against Spurs on the 2nd of April. Let’s see how the Red’s stars performance has been for the national teams :
Jordan Henderson was an unused sub yesterday in the loss to Netherlands. The Liverpool captain played the full 90 minutes against Germany though and had a decent game. He started on the right side of a midfield three and was given enough freedom to play freely in the midfield area. Henderson proved yet again that he looks a much better player in a midfield three rather than in a midfield two. He had two unsuccessful attempts at goal but gave the all important assist for Eric Dier’s winner. Also, he completely bossed Toni Kroos in the midfield and will look to continue this form for the reds.
Nathaniel Clyne played a cameo against the Dutch replacing Danny Rose and playing at left back. It was a typical Clyne performance, reliable as ever and did well on the attacking front also. He played the full 90 minutes against the Germans and must have impressed Roy Hodgson. Surely he is the right back for the three lions at the Euros. Clyne handled the threat of Marco Reus very well and kept him quiet. He also provided an assist for Jamie Vardy and all in all, it was a pretty good performance from Clyne.
James Milner was on the bench against Germany but lead out the side at Wembley. It must have been a proud moment for him to captain the National side. But it was an average performance from the 30-year-old showed his usual work rate but neither had the end product nor the defensive stability that was required. Played his part in the goal and is a definite starter in the Euros.
Adam Lallana is the only player from Liverpool to have started both the matches against Netherlands and Germany. After his tough last season, the 26-year-old has really come of age this season and has been one of the standout performers for England. Played well on the right against the World Champions and linked up well with Clyne and Henderson. He won 100% of his tackles against the Germans. Lallana played 70 minutes against the Dutch and was a constant threat to their defense. Pressed constantly and was an important part of the Vardy goal.
Daniel Sturridge was an unused sub in the game against Germany and played 57 minutes against the Dutch. Roy Hodgson used him sparingly and was a good thing for the talented frontman. Though he didn’t set the game on fire but showed glimpses of his quality. Had one shot saved but his most important part was the dummy for the pass to Adam Lallana in the build-up to the goal. If he is fit, there is no doubt that he will be going to the Euros.
Emre Can played at right back in the 2-3 loss to England and had a decent outing. Provided an assist for the Germans and continuing his good form for the national side. Philippe Coutinho came as a substitute in Brazil’s 2-2 draw with Uruguay where he was reunited with Luis Suarez.
Mamadou Sakho was on the bench for France while Dejan Lovren had a comfortable 2-0 win against Israel. He didn’t start against Hungary but played well against Israel. Martin Skrtel had a decent game against Latvia and need to be at his best till the end of the season if he wants to stay at the club.
Danny Ward earned his first cap for Wales, He and Joe Allen were second half substitutes in the 1-1 against Northern Ireland. Brad Smith played brilliantly at left back in the 7-0 win for Australia against Tajikistan.
Jordan Ibe had a night to forget as he earned a Red card in the u21 qualifier against Switzerland. Lazar Markovic and Marko Grujic were not used in the game for Serbia.