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Nunez stars as Tsimikas struggles: How Liverpool’s stars have fared in the international break

How the Reds have fared in the international break

A host of Liverpool players were involved in the first round of international fixtures this week, with the Reds having lost a massive 13 players off to play for their countries over the break.

Striker Cody Gakpo found the back of the net for the Netherlands, scoring the second goal in a 3-0 win over Greece to move ahead of the Greeks and into second place in their EURO2024 group. Virgil van Dijk played 90 minutes for the Dutch side too, keeping a clean sheet but also picking up a yellow card.

On the other side, Kostas Tsimikas endured a tough evening with Denzel Dumfries getting the better of him time and time again and ending the night with two assists.

Elsewhere, summer signing Dominik Szobozslai played 90 minutes for Hungary as they edged past Serbia 2-1 to move three points clear at the top of their European qualifying group,

In the first round of COMNEBOL World Cup 2026 qualifying, Luis Diaz played 88 minutes to help Colombia to a 1-0 win over Venezuela, while Alexis Mac Allister played 77 minutes for Argentina as a Lionel Messi free kick helped them edge past Ecuador to get their campaign off to a winning start.

It was a better outing for Darwin Nunez though, with the striker grabbing an assist in Uruguay’s first outing under Marcelo Bielsa, which saw them beat Chile 3-1.

Alisson was an unused substitute during Brazil’s 5-1 thrashing of Bolivia, with Ederson getting the nod for the Selecao over the Liverpool shot-stopper, while his club deputy Caohmin Kelleher was also overlooked for the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to France, with Southampton goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu the preferred no.1.

Also left on the bench was forward Diogo Jota, who watched on as his Portugal side edged past Slovakia 1-0 courtesy of a strike from Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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