With the latest round of international fixtures now finished we take a quick look at how Liverpool players faired…
England retained their perfect Euro 2016 qualifying record with a 3-1 Group E win over Slovenia at Wembley.
Liverpool trio Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling all started Saturday’s game, whilst Rickie Lambert was an unused substitute.
Henderson unwittingly gave the visitors a shock lead after heading past Joe Hart in the 57th minute.
It didn’t prove costly though as a Wayne Rooney penalty, on his 100th appearance, and two goals from Danny Welbeck secured all three points.
Roy Hodgson’s side also played a friendly against neighbours Scotland on Tuesday night, emerging 3-1 victors at Celtic Park.
Lallana, Sterling and Lambert all saw action in this one as second half substitutes; Lallana providing a vital late assist for Rooney after the hosts had briefly cut their deficit to 2-1.
Another side to retain their 100% start to qualification were Martin Skrtel‘s Slovakia.
The centre-back skippered his nation to a 2-0 away win over Macedonia in Group C that sees them retain a two point advantage over Spain and Ukraine at the top of the standings.
The result was followed by a 2-1 friendly win over Finland in which Skrtel again completed the full 90 minutes.
Joe Allen was a key component in Wales’ impressive 0-0 draw in Belgium which kept Chris Coleman’s men amongst the front runners in Group B.
The midfielder ended Sunday’s match bloodied but unbowed after a stray Marouane Fellaini forearm smashed into his face during the second half.
Opposing goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Danny Ward remained amongst the replacements but Lille loanee Divock Origi did feature for 73 minutes before being replaced by Dries Mertens.
The £10m forward, who scored with a fantastic strike in Belgium’s 3-1 friendly win over Iceland last week, looked lively throughout, despite playing as a lone frontman, showing plenty of neat touches.
On the same day, Anfield centre-back Dejan Lovren was surprisingly left out as Croatia drew 1-1 with Italy at the San Siro.
The out-of-sorts defender also played no part in the 2-1 friendly defeat to Argentina that had taken place four days earlier.
Club mate and fellow summer signing Mario Balotelli was another notable absentee from the game after the Italian striker suffered an injury in training and returned to Merseyside.
Unfortunately the biggest talking point from the contest revolved around crowd trouble which led to two stoppages and the intervention of riot police.
Another of Liverpool’s new recruits, Lazar Markovic, was introduced for the final 19 minutes but could do nothing to prevent Serbia from going down 3-1 at home to Denmark on Friday night.
Despite taking a 4th minute lead in the Group I fixture through Zoran Tosic, the Serbs buckled in the final half hour as two goals from Nicklas Bendtner and a Simon Kjaer header turned the tide.
Markovic was restored to the starting line-up and played for 66 minutes as Radovan Curcic’s side responded to the setback with a 2-0 friendly win in Greece on Tuesday night.
Elsewhere, Philippe Coutinho made a brief substitute appearance as Brazil recorded a 4-0 friendly victory over Turkey.
The gifted midfielder remained amongst the substitutes in the following 2-1 win over Austria however.
Over in Africa, Kolo Toure was pivotal to Ivory Coast securing their place in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
The veteran defender opened the scoring as the Elephants dispatched Sierra Leone 5-1 on Friday and also played the full 90 minutes in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Cameroon.
The four points mean they join the already-qualified Cameroon in advancing from Group D for a tournament to be staged in Equatorial Guinea from January 17.
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