Liverpool: Fear of the International Break and the Hectic Schedule After
- Could the few weeks after the international break define Liverpool's season?
With three round of games already done and dusted in the Premier League, Liverpool are indeed cruising. Not only have the Reds picked up maximum nine points from three games, they are also the only team in the division not to have conceded a goal, which bodes very well for this very talented squad.
Liverpool are indeed riding sky-high at the moment. But the international break comes up as soon as Matchday 4 is done. For most teams, especially a team like Liverpool, they probably will not want the break to come at this time of this season for two obvious reasons.
The momentum of the team could be halted after the players return from the international break. Jurgen Klopp will have to help the squad refocus after they have all gone out to represent their various national teams.
At the moment, almost all members of the squad will receive call-ups from their respective national teams. There is also the danger of losing key players to injuries during the break that, of course, is the most dreadful of scenarios.
Although the same also applies to all other teams in the division, you get the feeling that it could be devastating to the team should they lose Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane to injuries on international duty.
Secondly, Liverpool face a daunting task after the upcoming international break. They face a run of seven matches that could define their season. The Reds kick off the brutal period with a trip to Wembley to take on Tottenham Hotspur on 15 September - immediately after the upcoming international break.
Klopp’s men were handed a difficult group in the Champions League in Thursday’s draw and they begin their European quest when they welcome French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain to Anfield on 18 September.
The following weekend will see Southampton head to Merseyside in the Premier League before Liverpool host rivals Chelsea at Anfield in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Klopp will then end a difficult September when he takes his men to West London to face Chelsea in the league at Stamford Bridge - the second meeting within a matter of days.
The fixtures do not get easier as Liverpool’s second Champions League group stage fixture will see them travel to Italy to take on Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli side in early October before a crucial clash with Premier League champions Manchester City at Anfield on 7 October.
Clearly, Klopp has to be able to manage his squad for this very difficult run of games in the months of September and October. This Liverpool team can beat any team in the world on their day.
However, injuries to key players could just derail their push for competing for the big honours this season. Lastly, another undoing of Liverpool could be the fear of "failure".
Having invested so heavily in the squad, Klopp will be under immense pressure to deliver a major trophy this season. There is absolutely no excuse for Liverpool again. The fans and the Anfield faithful are fed up of 'coming close to trophies without winning'.