The busy summer of international football is now behind us and although Reds featured prominently with twelve players involved, most of them had a cameo appearance and failed to deliver much on the big stage. Liverpool went to Euros with twelve players and here we will take a look of their performances.
Simon Mignolet – called-up as an understudy for Chelsea’s Courtois, Mignolet is the only Liverpool player not to get a single minute at the tournament. Courtois was splendid in his performances.
James Milner managed to get just three minutes for England in their opening game against Russia and that was it from Liverpool vice-captain. This was considered as one Roy Hodgson’s biggest mistakes in the tournament, as Three Lions needed a versatile and stable midfielder throughout the tournament, but unfortunately for all parties involved, Milner was not called up.
Belgian attacking duo Christian Benteke and Divock Origi managed just episode roles in their campaign, both of them being unable to compete with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku as the main forward. Benteke managed two late appearances for the national team, against Sweden and Republic of Ireland, having no time to be a real threat. Divock Origi was brought on in games against Italy and Sweden, but had no time to make a bigger impact. It is believed that, should he not have injured himself during the regular season, Divock Origi might have featured more prominently.
With his first big tournament, it was always going to be a difficult situation for Liverpool’s Emre Can. 22-year old German midfielder was called upon in the final game against France and delivered a decent performance against the hosts. Can managed to get a yellow card, but his performance and ratings suggest that he will play a major part in German national team in the future.
EURO 2016 proved what many Liverpool fans and experts are commenting throughout the whole season – Martin Škrtel is way past his best years and he should move on – move to Fenerbahce looks likely to happen. Škrtel captained Slovakia to the last 16 loss against Germany, conceding a penalty for a typical Škrtel box-tackle. His best performance came against England, where he salvaged a point for his team.
If he had not been injured in the last part of the season, Jordan Henderson would probably feature more in Hodgson’s plans. Liverpool skipper was limited to just one-half performance against Slovakia and did pretty good in that game. He should have been called up in the final game against Iceland, where Jack Wilshere appearance proved to be futile.
The same goes for Liverpool fullback Nathaniel Clyne, who featured only once for Three Lions, in the aforementioned game against Slovakia. He delivered a great performance in that game and it remains a question, on why Kyle Walker was considered so much bettor for the starting line-up.
Danny Ward managed to make the debut squad for Wales, after first keeper Wayne Hennessy injured himself on training. Ward finished the game with a 2-1 and will forever be remembered in Wales history. His chances in the tournament were limited in Wales’ semi-finals performance, but Ward certainly earned a place in that team.
Joe Allen was the star of the show however. He played fantastically in an overachieving Wales side gaining plaudits from throughout the footballing world. His unlikely cult following has grown even more and the Welshman now has a big decision to make on his future. It’d be interesting to hear Klopp’s thoughts on Allen as this will have providided a headache for his midfield plans.