Dominic Solanke scored an 88th-minute winner for England U21s in their European Championship qualifier against Ukraine as one of nine Liverpool players in international action on Tuesday evening.
Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd confirmed after his side’s 2-1 victory that Solanke had started as a substitute due to a toe complaint that caused him to miss Saturday’s friendly with Romania.
But the Reds striker made a telling contribution after being introduced at Bramall Lane, heading home Ben Chilwell’s cross late on to maintain the hosts’ five-point lead at the top of their qualification group.
Solanke’s three club-mates in the senior England set-up all featured in their 1-1 friendly draw with Italy.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started at Wembley and completed an hour before being replaced by Adam Lallana, while Jordan Henderson came on with 17 minutes remaining.
Elsewhere, Sadio Mane was brought off three minutes from time in Senegal’s goalless stalemate with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Le Havre and Scotland fielded Andy Robertson for 65 minutes of their 1-0 win over Hungary in Budapest.
Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan and Marko Grujic were the other three members of the Reds’ international contingent to represent their national teams on Tuesday.
Mignolet kept a clean sheet as Belgium beat Saudi Arabia 4-0 - a game Divock Origi watched from the bench - Grujic came on for the final 25 minutes of Serbia’s 2-0 victory over Nigeria and Klavan’s Estonia lost 2-0 to Georgia.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were unused substitutes for their respective countries as Egypt were beaten 1-0 by Greece and Brazil defeated Germany by the same scoreline.