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Liverpool Internationals: Successes and Failures for Reds

Neco Williams and Harry Wilson have moved on to the round of 16 with Wales, but Shaqiri and Switzerland will have to wait.

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We’re reaching the end of the group stages and Liverpool are doing about as well as can be expected. Of course, the first and foremost thing to mention is the fact that the Netherlands are without Virgil van Dijk, who took our advice to heart and is spending the entirety of this tournament napping.

In the last few days, Andy Robertson’s Scotland held England (with Jordan Henderson on the bench) to a 0-0 draw, and Diogo Jota was the one bright Portuguese spot in an absolutely hilarious 4-2 loss to Germany.

Today’s games ended up a mixed bag for the Reds. Neco Williams and Harry Wilson’s Wales lost 1-0 to Italy but still secured a spot in the Round of 16, while Xherdan Shaqiri’s brace against Turkey in Switzerland’s 3-1 win was still not enough to guarantee them a spot. Switzerland will wait to find out if they will qualify for the next stage of the tournament as one of the best third-place teams.

Luckily it’s all positive feelings for the Liverpool internationals:

“Our focus today was as long as we qualify we’re happy,” Neco Williams said after the game. “In the changing room it feels like we won the game.”

Meanwhile, over in the Swiss camp:

“I think we played like a unit, and it was crucial today against this team. We knew if we play good we’re going to create a lot of chances against this team, and we did so,” Shaqiri told BEIN Sports.