Liverpool’s international contingent will play their final games on Tuesday, before returning to Melwood to prepare for Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield Town.
Thankfully, none of them are considered major, with Van Dijk’s withdrawal following the Netherlands’ 3-0 win over Germany pre-planned, and the hope is that Mane will be fit for Saturday’s trip to Huddersfield. Salah is the most doubtful.
Also in action was Dejan Lovren, with Croatia beating Jordan 2-1 in a friendly.
That leaves 16 players who could be in action throughout Tuesday, ensuring a comfortable return ahead of the weekend’s visit to the John Smith’s Stadium.
Liverpool’s Tuesday Internationals
First Team Players
- Rwanda vs. Guinea – 2.30pm – Naby Keita
- Scotland U21 vs. England U21 – 5.30pm – Dominic Solanke
- Brazil vs. Argentina – 7pm – Alisson, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino (in Saudi Arabia)
- Belgium vs. Netherlands – 7.45pm – Simon Mignolet, Gini Wijnaldum
Academy & Loanees
- Italy U20s vs. Portugal U20s – 5pm – Rafa Camacho
- Poland U21 vs. Georgia U21 – 5pm – Kamil Grabara
- Albania U18 vs. Norway U18 – 1pm – Edvard Tagseth
- Portugal U17 vs. Wales U17 – 4pm – Owen Beck
- Wales U21 vs. Switzerland U21 – 6pm – Isaac Christie-Davies
- Germany U21 vs. Republic of Ireland U21 – 6.15pm – Corey Whelan
- Republic of Ireland vs. Wales – 7.45pm – Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson
- Canada vs. Dominica – Midnight – Liam Millar
Fortunately, with the Reds’ internationals playing their last games four days before their next domestic outing should see them all report back to Melwood by Thursday at the latest.
In previous breaks, Liverpool have chartered a private jet for their Brazilian players to ensure they arrive back on Merseyside in a less-than-ideal, quick turnover.
But with two full days to train before travelling to Yorkshire on Saturday, Klopp and his backroom staff should relish a smooth transition back into league action.