WHAT COMES NEXT FOR LIVERPOOL?
With the international break all but over (just the Brazilian lads left), we take a look at the block of fixtures on the horizon for Liverpool before the November international break. These breaks put a pause on the thing we all obsess about and can drive us absolutely mad at times. This one seems to have gone as well as we could have hoped (touchwood).
Players have gotten game time, goals have been scored, assists provided and clean sheets kept. Most importantly, no injuries to speak of. It has been as good a break as we could expect. The video of Sadio Mané dancing as the fans sang and cheered for him sums up this break perfectly. He in particular has had an excellent time with his country.
A goal and three assists in his two appearances, as well as sealing qualification to the playoff stage of the World Cup qualifiers should be a confidence boost as he returns to Merseyside. Mohamed Salah also provided an assist for Egypt, as did Curtis Jones who shook off a knock to help win the game for England U21s off the bench. Van Dijk also scored his first goal in an age for Netherlands.
Andy Robertson provided two assists of his own as he captained Scotland to a dramatic 3-2 win. Takumi Minamino also got in on the assists action as he set a goal up for Japan. There’s also Naby Keita who made three appearances in six days for Guinea (cue panic in the Liverpool Sports Science department), and Caoimhin Kelleher who kept a clean sheet on his full debut for Northern Ireland.
With Kelleher expected to start against Watford, there couldn’t be a more ideal preparation. On the flip side, Roberto Firmino has had two weeks at the AXA Training ground to prepare for the challenges ahead. This is particularly handy as Diogo Jota is carrying a muscle complaint. Trent Alexander-Arnold has also returned from a slight injury and is in training.
Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konaté, James Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain etc have all been training over the course of the break too and will all be required as Liverpool face 7 fixtures across 23 days. It starts with Watford at Vicarage Road this Saturday, and ends with a trip to the London stadium to take on West Ham before the next international break.
The Reds have four consecutive away clashes; with trips to the Wanda Metropolitano, Old Trafford and then Deepdale, all following the Watford game. This is then followed up by back to back home games against Brighton and Atletico Madrid, before the trip to West Ham. That’s two huge weeks if you break it down.
Watford away on Saturday, Atleti away on Tuesday, then Old Trafford on the Sunday. You’d expect the big hitters to start all three games, with a change or two here and there. Then they’ll get a rest as a much changed side take on Preston in the Carabao Cup. The second week has Brighton at Anfield on Saturday, Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, before West Ham away on the Sunday.
Again you’d expect the main men to start all three games, whereas some will have to be rotated to avoid injury. Thiago Alcantara should be available this month to offer more options in midfield. Jota should also return to action soon enough. The two Brazilians will miss the Watford game as it comes a mere 35 hours after they take on Uruguay.
They will therefore get a few days rest (in isolation) before joining the squad to travel over to Spain. It is a huge few weeks between the two international breaks and it could define what comes in the festive period and beyond. The Reds remain unbeaten this season and will want to keep that run going. Those first three away hurdles will take some clearing though.
- Saturday, 16th Oct. 12:30
- Watford (A)
- Sunday, 24th Oct. 16:30
- Manchester United (A)
- Tuesday, 19th Oct. 20:00
- Atletico Madrid (A)
- Wednesday, 27th Oct. 19:45
- Preston North End (A)
- Saturday, 30th Oct. 15:00
- Brighton & Hove Albion (H)
- Wednesday, 3rd Nov. 20:00
- Atletico Madrid (H)
- Sunday, 7th Nov. 16:30
- West Ham United (A)
2 thoughts on “WHAT COMES NEXT FOR LIVERPOOL?”
It’s going to be a very tough and competitive few weeks before the November int’l break, hopefully we get to win all the fixtures with little casualties, really looking forward to seeing the lads fire down again!… YNWA
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