Liverpool FC’s players were in action on Wednesday. Kostas Tsimikas caught the eye of quite a few on Twitter with a strong first half performance in a 2-1 win against Cyprus. Kostas was aggressive in his play, heavily involved in his team’s attacking sequences with several strong overlaps on a few occasions. It’s good to see him back in action after his bout with COVID-19 a niggling injury, and he’ll certainly be needed soon given that Andy Robertson has played a whopping 1,084 minutes of game time for the Reds so far this season.
Elsewhere, Sadio Mane opened the scoring for Senegal with a penalty in their 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau in a qualifying fixture for the Africa Cup of Nations. Mane slotted his team ahead from the penalty spot two minutes before the stroke of half-time. It was his 20th goal for the Teranga Lions on his 62nd appearance, which puts him a goal behind joint-second all-time top scorers El Hadji Diouf and Mamadou Diallo.
Georginio Wijnaldum took up Virgil Van Dijk’s armband, captaining the Netherlands for the first half of their 1-1 friendly draw with Spain in Amsterdam. He was replaced at the interval by Ajax star Davy Klaasen.
Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench after half-time against Belgium, but couldn’t prevent his side losing 2-1 to the Red Devils.
Lastly, Diogo Jota made a cameo in the final 16 minutes for Portugal against Andorra at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz. The hosts were already ahead by four goals when Jota came on, and added three more for a big 7-0 win.