Netherlands take a last-minute win against Senegal as Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk registers 1st win at his World Cup debut.
Trent’s answer as Konate is looking to follow the World Cup path of Van Dijk
Netherlands and Senegal competed in Group B on the first full day of play. And Virgil van Dijk recorded a clean sheet. The Three Lions’ 6-2 triumph was a little more exciting than England’s customary first-round match at a big tournament.
When England decided against wearing the One Love armband because of the possibility of receiving a yellow card, they created news off the field. Later, when they defeated Iran, England now sits at the apex in Group B.
Senegal was without Sadio Mane and suffered a 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands to sum up Matchday 1 of Group A. While parts of the defensive play left much to be desired, as could have been expected considering the players involved, some of the offensive play was superb.
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Virgil van Dijk led the Dutch team to triumph while former Reds Harry Wilson and Neco Williams both began for Wales. Neither Red in England squad got a chance to start. Weah and Bale set the score for 1-1. However, the overall performance of the ex-Red Neco Williams was pretty all-rounded.
The amount of extra time that was used in the opening matches—more than 25 in total in England vs. Iran, and another eight at the conclusion of the United States vs. Wales matches—has become one of the greatest, and simply oddest, talking topics.
It is understandable why Liverpool supporters have been eager to dream big about the young kid Jude Bellingham. And even believe he may make the switch from the Bundesliga to Anfield sooner after being persistently connected with the Reds and discussed in relation to a January transfer for a midfielder.
From an LFC standpoint, keep a close eye on Ibrahima Konate‘s name on the team sheet — the rumor is that he’ll start in the defending champions’ World Cup opener at the heart of defense. The teenage defender, who has been outstanding this season when available, would reach new heights as a result. As France faces Australia, like his clubmate Van Dijk, Konate would undoubtedly like to begin the campaign strongly.
Gary Neville had remarked that Trent couldn’t be trusted in knockout games. To which Trent responded with remarks directed at him.
The No. 66 correctly noted that he hasn’t performed particularly well in knockout games thus far in his career. However, the fact that he has already competed in three Champions League finals says a lot about his ability to handle pressure and big moments.
Trent on Gary Neville’s bizarre claim:
“I can only go off the knockout games I’ve played in, I think looking back on the ones I’ve played in, the big games, the big moments in football, and I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of them. I think I’ve performed and stepped up to the plate very well. I’ve handled that pressure.”
In any case, some fans believe, it is disturbing to see a former right-back for England diss a current quality wing-back. That too when the stats really speak volumes of his caliber. Let’s not forget, he is still very young.
Fans believe it is inevitable that Trent gets back to his lethal form. And sooner than later, the same folks who are criticizing him will jump to his praise. Perhaps to gain some exposure or maybe a little bit of attention. Perhaps if pundits and some former legends of a club focused more on their business, things might develop domestically.