For once, the international break could not be too bad in terms of the schedule that the Reds players will be expected to complete.
In the last one just a month or so ago, the likes of Roberto Firmino and Fabinho had little more than 24 hours back on English soil before Jurgen Klopp’s men took on Southampton in the Premier League. Thankfully, this time that will certainly not be the case.
Firstly, Brazil face Senegal on Thursday and then Nigeria in Singapore on Sunday, giving Firmino and Fabinho almost a whole week for them to recover for the Manchester United clash.
Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold could all feature for England. Their second game of the international break, though, is only a day later than Brazil’s second match, meaning they will have six days to recover once they have flown back from Bulgaria.
Dutch duo Gini Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk are likely to play a significant number of minutes for the Netherlands, but their second game is the same day as the Brazil vs Nigeria match, giving them a week to prepare for Old Trafford as well.
The same goes for Andy Robertson with Scotland, with their second game at home to San Marino.
All of that is clearly excellent news. Meanwhile, Joel Matip – who is injured for now but should be back soon – Mo Salah, Alisson, and Naby Keita will not be going anywhere as they are staying on Merseyside.