Liverpool will have 27 players on international duty in March, as national teams continue their preparations for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
With the World Cup just three months away squads are being finalised and game-plans fine-tuned, and the majority of Jurgen Klopp‘s first team will be in action over the next two weeks.
But he will still be without most of his key names, with 16 senior players and a host of loanees and youngsters called up.
Mohamed Salah will also be stationed in Switzerland, with Egypt clashing with Portugal and Greece in Zurich, while Sadio Mane is part of the Senegal squad to play Uzbekistan in Morocco and Bosnia & Herzegovina in France.
This lack of long-distance travel is a major boost, and Roberto Firmino finds himself in a similar boat with Brazil, who face trips to take on Russia and Germany.
Emre Can could line up against Firmino for Germany in Berlin, who also play Spain in Dusseldorf in their opening game of the break.
New Scotland manager Alex McLeish is likely to hand Andrew Robertson a starring role for clashes with Costa Rica and Hungary, and could even captain his side.
Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn were both named in Ryan Giggs’ first Wales squad for the China Cup, taking on China in the semi-finals then either Uruguay or Czech Republic in the final or third-place playoff.
U18s striker Liam Millar has also received his first call-up to the Canada senior squad to take on New Zealand.
Danny Ward misses out, however, with Giggs revealing the goalkeeper had been left out due to issues in his application for a visa.
Another player omitted is Dejan Lovren, who was initially included in the Croatia squad to play Peru and Mexico in the United States but has now withdrawn from selection with a foot injury.
Naby Keita was also part of the Guinea squad to play Mauritania at the Stade Olympique, but has now pulled out due to illness.
Adam Lewis received his first call-up for the England U19s’ clashes with Hungary, Latvia and Macedonia, while Kamil Grabara is part of the Poland U21s squad to take on Lithuania.
Both Caoimhin Kelleher and Corey Whelan are with the Republic of Ireland U21s squad to play Iceland and Azerbaijan.
And Elijah Dixon-Bonner and Curtis Jones will feature for the England U17s in their double-header of friendlies against Brazil.
Liverpool in the March International Break
Senior players called up: Mignolet, Van Dijk, Klavan, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Grujic (loan), Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Woodburn, Mane, Salah, Firmino, Origi (loan), Solanke
Notable youth: Grabara, Kelleher, Whelan (loan), Lewis, Wilson (loan), Ejaria (loan), Dixon-Bonner, Jones, Millar
Left out: Bogdan, Karius, Ward (visa issues), Lovren (injured), Matip (retired), Clyne, Moreno, Milner (retired), Markovic (loan), Ojo (loan), Kent (loan), Ings, Sturridge (injured)