International break comes at good time for Liverpool

International break comes at good time for Liverpool

Reds will have 17 players away with National squads, but break can help Klopp and players reset mentally after after 2 games

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Liverpool fans generally aren't that bothered about International games, particularly England ones, but the upcoming 2 week break from Premier League football could really help the Reds.

The thought of two weeks with no Premier League football, is not something we look forward to.  Yet, with the season barely two months old, we face the reality of yet another International break, with Liverpool players travelling all over the world to represent their countries.

For most Liverpool fans, the next two weeks will be filled with a mixture of boredom and worry.  Will our players return free of injury?  Will the extensive travelling leave them tired and unable to perform in our next fixture - which just happens to be the Merseyside Derby at Anfield!

However, on this occasion, I feel that the break may have come at just the right time for the Reds.  Usually we talk about breaks disrupting the teams rhythm and momentum, but after two contraversial games, dominated by bad refereeing, and even worse VAR decisions, time away from the Premier League may be just what Jurgen Klopp and his players need.

A chance to draw a line under VAR

Several weeks ago, I wrote an article about Liverpool's upcoming fixtures, and how, if we could take four points from the Tottenham and Brighton games, we would be right in the Title mix.   Those two games are now completed, with only one point to show for our efforts.  But of course, that isn't the real story.  Both games involved terrible refereeing and VAR decisions.  Decisions which likely cost Liverpool atleast 3 points.

We could talk all day about those two games.  But the simple fact is, games are not going to be replayed, and Liverpool aren't going to be awarded extra points, so really the best thing to do is draw a line under those events and move forward.  Despite those results, we are still only 3 points of the top of the table, and only 1 point behind Man City.  We've also completed four difficult away games at Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle and Brighton.  The situation then, is actually looking rather positive.

Seeing the wood for the trees

The trouble is, no matter how much we talk about the positives, as human beings we all tend to come back towards the negatives - the what if's and if only's.  But that attitde isn't going to help the team moving forward.  And that's where this current International break can be so useful.

For two weeks, Klopp and his players can put the Premier League to one side - clear their heads and concentrate on playing football.  There will be travelling, players returning to their native countries, meeting up with friends and maybe a bit of downtime along the way.  All the things needed for the players to forget about the last two games.

When Klopp's squad returns to the AXA Traning Complex in 10 days time, they can focus on upcoming challenges, including the Derby, as well as favourable home games against lesser opposition.  Win those upcoming games and the Reds will be poised for a realm Title push in the second half of the season.  

International break comes at good time for Liverpool

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Peter Farrell

Lifelong fan with a passion for all things Liverpool. First memory of football is watching John Barnes score a dramatic last minute equaliser in the FA Cup when he was 4. Feels lucky to be a part of the 'Klopp' era.

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