Hey, apparently it’s an international break! The end of the club football season in Europe’s biggest leagues means that this break isn’t nearly as nerve-wracking or annoying as the mid-season iterations, and if you’re like me, you hardly even noticed.
Regardless, there are important matches happening, and wouldn’t you know it? Some Liverpool players are involved. The most notable contribution by a Red was actually in orange, as Georginio Wijnaldum slotted home a goal for the Netherlands against a hapless Luxembourg side in this World Cup qualifier. Gini scored the third goal, as the Dutch trotted off 5-0 winners on the day. Was it a home match? You betcha. The result didn’t help the Dutch that much, as they are still third in the group, three points behind Sweden and France.
A trio of Liverpool players made the trip to Tallinn, Estonia—Ragnar Klavan for the home side, and Divock Origi and Simon Mignolet for the visiting Belgians—in their World Cup qualifier. Klavan played the full 90 minutes, whereas the other two were unused subs. Belgium, unsurprisingly, are running away with the group, whereas Estonia, equally unsurprisingly, are fifth of the six teams.
Moving to South America, Philippe Coutinho could not prevent Brazil from losing to arch rival Argentina 1-0 at home in a friendly. That’s OK, Phil, save those goals for the Champions League.
Is it August yet?