Liverpool players looking sharp for their national teams while another can improve

  • Diogo Jota has been in fine scoring form for his country
  • Arne Slot will be happy to see his players doing well for their nations
  • However, it was not all pleasant going for Reds players on international duty
Spain v Northern Ireland - International Friendly
Spain v Northern Ireland - International Friendly / Rafa Babot/GettyImages

Based on the last few days of international games around the globe, it would appear that most Liverpool players have suddenly forgotten the doldrums they were in to end the season with the club.

We are back with another report of Liverpool players abroad and it is a mostly positive update sans one poor outing for an entire team, not just the Red in their lineup.

Let's start it it right up!

Jota on the mark again for Portugal

Diogo Jota continues to show the world just what he is about in terms of his finishing ability. Following his converted penalty a few days earlier, the Reds attacker came on as a sub after halftime and proceeded to score inside of 5 minutes.

His poacher instincts have clearly not been dulled by his injuries during this season and he could play a vital role for Portugal at the Euros.

The fact that he is in such scoring form before the competition even begins should be a good sign for Portugal coach Roberto Martinez.

However, his 45 minutes in this match against Croatia were not overly impressive outside of the goal having only that one shot to go with his 13 total touches. But if he keeps putting the ball in the net, nobody will worry.

Dominik Szoboszlai captains Hungary to emphatic win

Szoboszlai played just under an hour in Hungary's 3-0 win over Israel on Saturday. He completed a stellar 35/38 passes which comes to a cool 92%.

That number is extra special when you remember that he plays in an advanced role for his nation and not all of his pass attempts are easy conversions. He won 3 of his 6 ground duels which is more than adequate for the attacking midfielder.

Dominik Szoboszlai
Hungary v Israel - International Friendly / Horvath Tamas/GettyImages

Overall, it was a very nice outing from Szobo as he gears up to Captain his country at the European Championships.

It's going to be a huge test of his mettle and leadership qualities. More performances like Saturday though will have many folks excited about the Hungarian's dark horse chances.

Conor Bradley plays an advanced role in crushing defeat

Northern Ireland were no match for Spain as they were on the wrong side of a 5-1 drubbing in their friendly on Saturday. Our very own Conor Bradley got the start in this one as an advanced right mid.

This is not the first time he has played further up the pitch for his country. It appears they view Bradley much the same way that Liverpool fans view one Trent Alexander-Arnold.

For his part, Bradley battled and did what he could in the blowout. He played just under 70 minutes before being taken off. He won 5 of 7 ground duels which is the only stat that pops in his favor.

Shockingly, he only attempted 8 passes the entirety of his time on the pitch which might be an indictment on the talent around him more than on himself. His fighting spirit will never go away but Northern Ireland needs to develop some help around the lad.