The international break is well and truly underway (aka the most boring period on the football calendar), so why not revisit some of the best goals this current Liverpool crop of players have scored for their countries?
The annual early-season break for international friendlies and qualifiers is currently taking place, putting a two-week halt to Premier League action after just four matches, and fans are itching to get back to watching competitive club football.
Liverpool have had a superb start this season, winning three and drawing one match to cement themselves in third place with ten points before the break – significantly better than last year’s underwhelming campaign.
However, with a much-improved midfield and a free-flowing attack, the Reds are scoring goals for fun so far this season, which got us thinking.
What are the best goals our current players have scored for their international sides? Well, here are five of the best…
Darwin Nuñez vs Norway (2019)
Darwin Nuñez has scored some incredible goals so far in his career, but this strike back in 2019 when the forward was just 20 years old is certainly one of his best.
It was Uruguay’s opening game of the U20s World Cup and they were facing none other than Erling Haaland’s Norway. The game ended 3-1 in the South American outfit’s favour, but the path to victory started from a rocket from the Liverpool number nine.
A fantastic ball was looped over the top by Ronald Araujo, splitting the Norwegian defence wide open and gifting Nuñez a clear sight of goal – but my word did the striker still have a lot to do.
He chested it down, had a quick glance to see the goal keeper off his line and unleashed a rocket from outside of the box that perfectly dipped just underneath the bar. Luis Suarez would be proud.
Dominik Szoboszlai vs Iceland (2020)
New Liverpool singing Dominik Szoboszlai is already an international captain at 22 years old, and this goal shows exactly why the Hungarian was gifted the responsibility at such a young age.
Hungary were drawing 1-1 with Iceland with virtually zero time left on the clock and they needed the win to secure their qualification for the 2020 Euros, so of course Szoboszlai was the one to step up.
The attacking midfielder picked up the ball inside his own half with seconds left to play and you can almost see the cogs turn in his brain. H knew he simply had to secure the win.
What followed was a powerful run into just in front of the opponents 18-yard box. He was closed down by *checks footage* five Icelandic defenders but even that wasn’t enough to stop the Hungarian from getting his shot away. A pinpoint dagger struck the inside of the post, before finding the back of the net, and Szoboszlai was made an instant hero to his national side.
The only thing that would have made the goal better would have been the roar of an ecstatic crowd, but unfortunately the stadium was empty due to Coronavirus guidelines. No doubt, fans would have been going berserk at home, though!
Luis Diaz vs Brazil (2021)
Never has a goal been so outrageous, yet so characteristic of a footballer’s playing style. This acrobatic effort from Luis Diaz, against an incredible Brazil side, might be the best on this list.
The Brazilians had yet to concede a single goal at the 2021 Copa America, securing maximum points from their first two Group A games against Peru and Venezuela, but they had yet to play Diaz.
Just ten minutes into the clash, Juan Cuadrado whipped in an inviting, deep cross to the back post to a late-arriving Diaz who looked like he may have slightly mistimed his run.
But that couldn’t be further from the truth. The winger turned his back, leaped into the air and rifled a bicycle kick into the top corner to put his national side 1-0 up.
An unbelievable finish, but actually it’s not that surprising. Diaz loves an acrobatic strike, as he has demonstrated to Liverpool fans on multiple occasions.
Colombia did, however, go on to lose the game against Brazil, with Liverpool’s own Roberto Firmino scoring the equaliser and Casemiro netting an injury time winner.
Dominik Szoboszlai vs Bulgaria (2023)
The fact that Szoboszlai has appeared twice on this list should fill Liverpool fans with joy. The new midfield maestro knows just how to hit them.
Hungary were awarded a free-kick in the 26th minute and were hoping to go 2-0 up (after Liverpool’s new midfielder already assisted the opener), but very few fans in the stadium would have had money on their nation doubling their lead directly from the dead-ball situation.
The ball was at least 30 yards from goal, but that may as well be a penalty as far as Szoboszlai is concerned. The whistle blew and the set-piece specialist absolutely leathered an outrageous strike that grew wings and flew into the top corner.
It was truly a blink and you’ll miss it moment. No goal keeper in world football would have got anywhere near it.
While Trent Alexander-Arnold has been Liverpool’s go to man from a set-piece in recent years (and for good reason), it may not be long before the Hungarian starts taking over some free-kick responsibilities, especially from range.
Trent Alexander-Arnold vs Malta (2023)
Speaking of Alexander-Arnold, of course Liverpool’s homegrown hero had to appear somewhere on this list.
The generational talent has (somehow) had a very up and down England career thus far. Due to England’s abundance of quality right-backs and Gareth Southgate’s need to set-up very defensively, Alexander-Arnold attacking brilliance has often been snubbed in favour of a more defensive option.
However, coinciding with Liverpool’s formation switch, the full-back’s inclusion in the national team has been much more frequent, though now he is deployed exclusively as a midfielder.
In one of his first midfield appearances for England, not only was Alexander-Arnold awarded Man of the Match, but he silenced the critics with an unbelievable strike from outside the box.
The ball fell kindly to him and the Scouser took a touch and rifled an effort into the far corner to double England’s lead.
It’s safe to say, barring injury, it’s unlikely he will miss out on another England squad for the foreseeable future.