This article is part of Football FanCast’s In Numbers series, which takes a statistical look at performances, season-long form and reported transfer targets…
The international break gives club fans the perfect opportunity to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of the Premier League and instead watch the best players in the world represent their countries.
From an England point of view, it has already been a successful week. They beat Montenegro 7-0 on Thursday to secure their qualification for Euro 2020. They aren’t the first team to do so, however.
Italy nailed down their place at the tournament during their previous fixture against Greece. However, from a Liverpool point of view, their match against Bosnia and Herzogovina tonight is still worth a watch considering Lorenzo Insigne should be playing.
The 28-year-old is said to be a Reds target next summer, according to reports via Rai Sport) and he could steal the show tonight.
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Napoli have had a difficult season this term. They currently lie seventh in the Serie A table and are already a huge 13 points off the top of the table. However, the £58.5m-valued star – as per Transfermarkt – has still made a promising start to the campaign.
He has three goals and four assists in the Italian top tier, which puts him third and joint-first amongst his teammates respectively. In the Champions League, he has been even more impressive, scoring once and providing an assist in two starts. His 4.3 successful dribbles per match in that competition is the third-highest of all players across the 32 teams.
Against Bosnia, he should line-up on the left-wing. That was where he featured against them in the first match between these two, which was arguably his best performance in recent memory for the Azzurri. As Italy squeezed past the Zmajevi 2-1, he scored and provided the assist for the other strike.
In that first match, he faced Darko Todorovic, who played at right-back, but it is actually 31-year-old Zoran Kvrzic who has played the last two games. The former is currently on loan at 2.Bundesliga side Holstein Kiel, whilst the latter plies his trade with HNK Rijeka. No matter who is opposite him, Insigne has more than enough quality to cause them problems.
As such, it should be a good opportunity to see exactly what the forward can do going forward. Liverpool fans could well be watching a future Red if they do.