Liverpool players are involved in various internationals this weekend – here’s a round-up of how they’ve fared.
Steven Gerrard played 70 minutes for England in their 4-0 win over Northern Ireland. Jamie Carragher was an unused substitute, with ex-red Michael Owen scoring one of the goals.
In the same qualifying group, Jerzy Dudek kept a clean sheet in Warsaw as Poland won 8-0 against Azerbaijan.
Wednesday sees England and Poland switch opponents.
Former red player John Toshack, and his assistant Roy Evans – former Liverpool manager suffered a defeat in their first game in charge of Wales. Austria beat them 2-0 at the Millennium Stadium.
The Czech Republic and Finland were involved in what sounds like an exciting game, with the Czechs just taking the three points in a 4-3 win. Liverpool’s Milan Baros had put the Czechs ahead after 7 minutes, but he was taken off after 53 minutes – we hope there’s not another injury worry for Liverpool. Liverpool’s Sami Hyypia played the whole game for Finland and his ex-Red team-mate Jari Litmanen scored Finland’s first goal.
Steve Finnan started for the Republic of Ireland in their qualifier in Israel. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. Also in that group, with an 8pm kick-off, is the France v Switzerland game, which sees Liverpool’s Alou Diarra, on the French subs’ bench. Diarra has never actually played for Liverpool – bought by Houllier and loaned straight back again for unknown and unexplained reasons. Stephane Henchoz, who left the Reds in the winter transfer window is on the bench for the Swiss.