Jürgen Klopp has been very clear about his views on the international break throughout the years. It makes sense that the manager of Liverpool, who oversees a team of international players, is having a difficult time right now.
Klopp does not, however, only have to deal with the drawbacks this time. Many of his players will be out on duty, representing their countries, but some of them may be coming home quite early to be ready for the Reds’ away game against Wolves on Saturday of the following week.
Several Liverpool players will have the entire week to work with Klopp because their national team commitments ended on Sunday night this week.
On that list is Dominik Szoboszlai, who will play for Hungary on Thursday against Serbia and then take part in a friendly match against the Czech Republic on Sunday. This will be an exceptionally brief international break for him.
The same is true for Virgil van Dijk and Cody Gakpo, who also finish their assignments on Sunday night after playing against the Republic of Ireland, who might include Caoimhn Kelleher.
Some South American talents, including Darwin Nez, Alexis MacAllister, Alisson, and Luis Dz, may not be back until Thursday because their final matches will go into the wee hours of Wednesday UK time. Other players might return on Wednesday.
In comparison, to have the likes of Szoboszlai and Gakpo return potentially four days ahead of their other peers involved on international duty is a major boost for Klopp.
In addition to the other players that will be staying at the AXA Training Center, like as Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones, and Jol Matip, Klopp can be certain that he will maintain the majority of his spine thanks to Szoboszlai, Gakpo, and Van Dijk (assuming his ban is not prolonged).
Additionally, Diogo Jota can arrive back in Liverpool by Tuesday because his Portuguese team is playing Monday night. Wataru End only participates in Japan’s international friendlies, all of which are played in Europe. His most recent match was on early Tuesday afternoon in Belgium, thus he too might return on Tuesday night.
Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah will be back on Wednesday because Egypt and Scotland both play on Tuesday, against England and Tunisia, respectively.
For Klopp, it’s not the worst-case situation. The unusually brief length of some of his players’ international weeks will work to the manager of Liverpool’s advantage.