This international break has not been kind to Liverpool with the injury to Joe Gomez earlier this week and Mohamed Salah testing positive for COVID-19 today. Thankfully, a few players on international duty are having a better time.
After Scottish captain Andy Robertson helped his nation qualify for their first European Championship in nearly 3 decades yesterday, a trio of Liverpool players scored for their national teams today.
Forward Takumi Minamino kicked off the fireworks by scoring in Japan’s friendly against Panama in Austria. Minamino played 72 minutes in a central role for Japan, scoring the games lone goal from the penalty spot in the 61st minute. It was Minamino’s 12th goal for his country in just 25 appearances.
Next up was Curtis Jones who made the starting XI (as did LFC center-back Rhys Williams) for England’s U21 European Championship qualifier vs Andorra. Jones kicked off the scoring on 27 minutes in a 3-1 win for the Young Lions. The match was Jones’ second appearance at the U21 level and the goal was his first.
Rounding out a very successful day for Liverpool internationals was striker Roberto Firmino. Despite struggling to score in recent months for Liverpool, Firmino built off his two goal performance during the October international break by scoring the lone goal for Brazil in their World Cup qualifying victory over Venezuela.
Firmino started and played the full 90 between Richarlison and Gabriel Jesus on Brazil’s front line. It was Firmino’s 15th goal in 46 appearances for his country, and the victory puts Brazil at the top of the CONMEBOL WC qualifying table after 3 matches played.