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Reds International Round Up: Henderson Returns To Action

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The Liverpool captain has been sidelined for much of the start of the season, but finally returned to action for England.

England v Belgium - UEFA Nations League Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

There was good news and bad news for Reds fans over the last day or so regarding Liverpool players currently representing their countries. The bad news came on Monday when it was announced that Naby Keita may be the most recent in a distressingly long list of Reds players who has come down with COVID-19. This happened because, of course, the international break is vitally important. Especially in Africa right now, where they are playing friendlies. Nothing more important than a non-competitive friendly in an empty stadium.

Guinea’s match against Gambia was canceled because of several Guinean players testing positive. It was an unforeseen consequence of this completely mandatory commitment that absolutely couldn’t be canceled — until it was.

Your humble writer may or may not be pulling her hair out over this.

The good news — remember, I said there was good news? — is that Jordan Henderson was deemed fit enough to play in England’s 2-1 victory over Belgium in the very necessary UEFA Nations League tournament. The Liverpool captain played almost 70 minutes and earned his team a penalty that lead to their first goal of the night. Trent Alexander-Arnold also put in a good 80 minutes. On the other side of the match, Divock Origi remained an unused substitute for Belgium.

Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum played the full 90 minutes for the Netherlands in their goalless draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Scotland captain Andy Robertson helped lead his team to a 1-0 victory against Slovakia. New guy Diogo Jota put in 20 minutes for Portugal against France, but he couldn’t save the match from ending up 0-0.