Liverpool head into October having won just once in six outings in the last month, as Jurgen Klopp pushes for a more positive stretch of results.
But after going unbeaten in August, Klopp’s side were unable to preserve their form in September, beginning with a miserable 5-0 loss to Man City and ending with a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow.
With his side taking to the field five times over the next month, however, Klopp will be eager to iron out his issues on Merseyside.
Here’s what to expect from Liverpool’s first team, U23s and U18s in October.
First-Team Fixtures & TV Info
- Maribor (A) – Champions League – October 17, 7.45pm – BT Sport
- Huddersfield Town (H) – Premier League – October 28, 3pm – Not on UK TV
Form Guide & Talking Points
Last 10 Games (All Competitions): W-W-W-W-L-D-D-L-W-D
After an emphatic start to the season, bookended by the sensational victory over Arsenal at Anfield, the Reds have endured a relentlessly dismal run.
Since producing one of their finest performances under Klopp to date against the Gunners, Liverpool’s only win has come, by fortuitous circumstances, away to Leicester in the league.
Klopp’s side have performed well on the whole, but errors at the back and poor finishing up top have undermined their progress, with work to be done at both ends of the pitch.
So far against their top-six rivals this season, the Reds have won one and lost one, and victories in the big games over the next month could prove pivotal.
There is, however, the small matter of the second international break of the season to come after the trip to take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Klopp will see the majority of his squad depart for World Cup qualifiers and youth fixtures, with 26 players leaving Merseyside to represent their respective countries.
Those remaining behind, though, can look forward to some key time working alongside the German at Melwood.
A lack of bodies could well provide some of Neil Critchley and Steven Gerrard’s youngsters an opportunity with the first-team squad, too.
Last 5 Games (All Competitions): W-W-W-W-D
- Huddersfield Town (A) – Friendly – October 7, 1pm – Not on UK TV
- Derby County (A) – Premier League 2 – October 16, 7pm – Not on UK TV
After eight competitive games in the first two months of the season, Critchley’s U23s remain unbeaten.
This has included six wins in six in Premier League 2, with the young Reds sitting top of the table having scored 14 goals and conceded just three, striking great form early on.
While a mixed group fared less well at Charlton Athletic in the Premier League Cup on September 29, the U23s can expect to continue their excellent run into October.
After returning from injury, Wilson has already scored six goals in five games for Critchley, and the young Welshman will have set his sights on a promotion to first-team level shortly.
Liverpool U19s & U18s
Last 5 Games (All Competitions): D-W-W-W-L
- Maribor (A) – UEFA Youth League – October 17, 12pm – Not on UK TV
Gerrard will take charge of only two games in October, and they will likely be completely different challenges.
Firstly, the 37-year-old will lead the U19s out against Maribor in the UEFA Youth League, having beaten Sevilla and lost to Spartak Moscow in their previous outings in Europe.
Ben Woodburn captained Gerrard’s side in both of those fixtures, and the prodigious young talent could be called upon again for the trip to Slovenia, as his all-round development continues.
Jones has been in sparkling form already this season, scoring three and assisting one in five games in the league and notching twice in two games for the U19s.
Gerrard has described Jones as “a top, top talent,” and the 16-year-old midfielder can hope to prolong his eye-catching run into October.