It was a memorable end to a long season for Liverpool goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros, who made his second appearance for the Czech Republic under-21s in a 7-0 win.
For Jaros, the 20-year-old academy stopper, it has been an eventful year-and-a-half.
Having joined Irish side St Patrick’s Athletic on a season-long loan in February of last year, the youngster ended his time in Dublin with triumph in the FAI Cup in November.
After a short break, Jaros then headed to Notts County in the National League in January, taking up a key role at Meadow Lane with 15 starts, ending in defeat to Grimsby in the playoff quarter-finals.
He then joined the Czech Republic U21s for their Euro qualifiers, as they took on Andorra and promotion rivals England in Group G.
Sitting out of the 2-1 loss to England, behind first-choice goalkeeper Matej Kovar, Jaros was then called into the starting lineup for the meeting with Andorra on Monday evening.
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It brought his second-ever outing for the U21s and resulted in a second clean sheet, this time in a 7-0 victory in Brno.
Adam Karabec and Vaclav Sejk both netted braces, with further goals from Adam Gabriel, Michal Sevcik and Krystof Danek, on a relatively quiet evening for Jaros, whose biggest involvement was thwarting Izan Fernandez in a one-on-one.
The Czech Republic now look to the playoffs, having finished second in Group G, with hopes of a place at the Euros in 2023.
Jaros will now depart on a post-season break before returning to Kirkby for training next month, though it remains to be seen whether he will join the first team or under-23s.
Liverpool’s U23s usually begin pre-season a week earlier than their senior counterparts, with the likes of Pepijn Lijnders, Vitor Matos and John Achterberg keeping a watchful eye on those players involved.
With Loris Karius having departed on the expiry of his contract, there could be a place for Jaros in the Reds’ pre-season squad, with plans to tour the Far East before a training camp in Austria.
It seems likely that Jaros will head out on loan again in 2022/23, though it is hoped he can join a club operating at a higher level than the National League – and perhaps even one in the Championship.