Fixtures, international break & CWC updates – Liverpool FC’s October dates for the diary

1 October 2019

October is a huge month for Liverpool as they face games across three competitions and head into an extremely busy period after an international break.


September ended on a positive note with back-to-back away wins in the Premier League sandwiching progression in the League Cup, but the fixtures keep coming thick and fast.

We’ll play six times in October, while there are also key dates ahead for the U23s and U18s, plus plenty of travel for the players involved with their national teams.

Here are all the key dates you need for your diary throughout the month for Liverpool.

 

October 2 – Salzburg (H) – Champions League

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We don’t have long to wait for our first game of the month; it comes on Wednesday night as we make a welcome return to Anfield.

Liverpool are searching for a first win in the Champions League group stage and will need to be at their best to see off the youthful, but free-scoring, Austrian champions.

Earlier in the day, the U19s face the same opponents in the UEFA Youth League.

 

October 5 – U18s vs. Everton (A) – U18 Premier League

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 31, 2019: Liverpool players line-up before the Under-18 FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On Saturday morning, the U18s play the mini derby, facing local rivals Everton with an 11am kick-off time.

The young Reds are unbeaten in their last three and the likes of Fidel O’Rourke and Jake Cain have been in great form recently.

 

October 5 – Leicester (H) – Premier League

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 1, 2018: Liverpool's Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and James Milner defend a free-kick during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brendan Rodgers makes his first return to Anfield in four years on Saturday afternoon, with the Reds at home to Leicester.

Heading into the weekend’s games, the Foxes are third in the table—so it certainly won’t be an easy win for Jurgen Klopp and Co. An eighth straight league win does, however, sound extremely appealing.

 

October 7-17 – International break

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, June 3, 2018: Brazil's Roberto Firmino during an international friendly between Brazil and Croatia at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After the game against Leicester there’s a break ahead, with several of the squad set to represent their national teams in far-flung locales.

Andy Robertson has a key qualifier in Russia, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho could face Sadio Mane in Singapore and the Reds’ English contingent are off to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

James Milner, Adrian and a handful of others will have time to top up their fitness levels and, more than likely, train with some promising youngsters from the academy.

 

October 20 – Man United (A) – Premier League

After the international break ends—hopefully with no new absences—this game is tentatively marked as a potential comeback match for injured goalkeeper Alisson, but whether that remains the plan is somewhat irrelevant: it’s a massive, huge, must-win match.

United have been a shambles at times this season and Liverpool fans will want to go to Old Trafford and see the Reds exert their dominance and superiority over their somewhat-fallen rivals.

A better performance than last season’s insipid 0-0 draw will be demanded.

 

October 23 – Genk (A) – Champions League

It’s back to European action thereafter, with the Reds travelling to Belgium to face Genk on Matchday three.

Of course, the UEFA Youth League follows suit and the U19s will be in action earlier on the day too.

 

October 24 – Club World Cup opponents narrowed

MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by Handout/UEFA)

Across the 22nd, 23rd and 24th, the semi-final second legs will be taking place in the AFC Champions League and South American Copa Libertadores.

By the 24th, we’ll be much closer to knowing who we might face in Qatar at the Club World Cup.

Al Sadd vs. Al Hilal and Urawa Reds vs. Guangzhou Evergrande are the semis on show in Asia, while it’s going to be a Brazilian or Argentinian side from South America: Gremio vs. Flamengo and River Plate vs. Boca Juniors are the last four there.

 

October 27 – Tottenham (H) – Premier League

MADRID, SPAIN - SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (L) and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Metropolitano. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s final league match of October sees Tottenham travel to Anfield, as the sides meet for the first time since the Champions League final in Madrid.

Spurs have started in uneven form this season, but it could look very different by the time the sides meet and this is always a close-fought, heavyweight clash.

 

October 29 – U21s vs. Accrington (A) – EFL Trophy

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 25, 2019: Liverpool's Curtis Jones during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between MK Dons FC and Liverpool FC at Stadium MK. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Toward the end of the month there’s a must-win game for the U23s, in the guise of an U21 side, as they play their last group stage fixture in the EFL Trophy.

Win and they might just sneak through in the top two and continue their journey in senior football, gaining vital experience along the way.

 

October 29/30 – Arsenal (H) – League Cup fourth round

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 24, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal, from a penalty kick, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s last game of the month is against Arsenal in the League Cup fourth round, but there’s no confirmed date as yet.

It’s scheduled for week commencing the 28th, which makes Wednesday 30th the most likely night, as Arsenal are slated to play on the Sunday evening against Crystal Palace.

Before dates are confirmed, though, Liverpool are awaiting the outcome of an investigation into the apparent non-eligibility of Pedro Chirivella, who played in the third round game at MK Dons.

The Reds may face a fine or be removed from the competition—or even have to squeeze in a replay of the game. Take a look back through the dates above and it’s not easy to see where that might take place!

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