LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 28, 2020: Liverpool players celebrate with goal-scorer Diogo Jota after he scores the third goal to make the score 3-1 during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by Propaganda)

Transfers, Merseyside derby & Champions League – Liverpool’s key dates for the rest of October

Liverpool kicked off October with a miserable loss and a quiet transfer deadline day, but now face a busy rest of the month after a frustratingly timed international break.

The Reds began the month with a League Cup exit to Arsenal and a 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa, the first time they have conceded seven in any game since a loss of the same scoreline to Tottenham in 1963.

Jurgen Klopp lamented the timing of the humiliation more than anything as he spoke to reporters from Villa Park, as now the majority of his first team departs for the second international break of the season.

That would typically take up the bulk of a month in terms of fixtures, but Liverpool will return to play five more games before the end of October.

There are also eight games to look forward across the under-23s, under-18s and women’s sides, including a League Cup clash at home to Man United and a Merseyside derby.

Here are Liverpool’s key dates for the diary for the rest of October.


October 15 – Reds return from international duty

East Rutherford, NJ - Friday September 07, 2018: The men's national teams of the United States (USA) and Brazil (BRA) played an international friendly at MetLife Stadium. .

Incredibly, despite the ongoing and, in many cases, escalating global pandemic, the international calendar is going ahead as scheduled for most nations.

Not only that, but many FAs have organised friendlies in addition to World Cup qualifiers and UEFA Nations League clashes, with England among those as they play Wales, Belgium and Denmark at Wembley.

It is a ridiculous situation given the increased demand on players in a shortened campaign, but perhaps more farcical is that Fabinho and Roberto Firmino will travel to Brazil and Peru.

The Liverpool squad are due to return to Melwood on October 15, but the Brazilian duo are unlikely to be back until the following day, and requiring a COVID-19 test will leave it down to the wire to discover if they can play the Reds’ next game.

With any luck, however, both Thiago and Sadio Mane will be back in the fold after their periods of self-isolation.


October 16 – Extended transfer deadline

WIGAN, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Liverpool's captain Ben Woodburn during the EFL Trophy Northern Group D match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool FC Under-21's at the DW Stadium. Wigan Athletic won 6-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though the international transfer window closed on October 5, the Premier League and Football League agreed to an extended deadline for deals between clubs in the top flight and the lower leagues.

This means Liverpool could remain busy for another 11 days, as they look to find temporary and permanent clubs for a host of youngsters and fringe players.

Among those will be Nat Phillips, Liam Millar, Ben Woodburn, Yasser Larouci and Herbie Kane, with the majority likely to land in the Championship, though moves to League One are possible for others.


October 17 – Everton (A)

FLEETWOOD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 23, 2020: Everton's Alex Iwobi (L) celebrates scoring the third goal with team-mate Richarlison de Andrade during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Fleetwood Town FC and Everton FC at Highbury Stadium. Everton won 5-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After a historic defeat at Villa Park, a two-week wait until the Merseyside derby is not an ideal situation for Liverpool, but the trip to Goodison should be motivation to right their wrongs.

Everton went into the international break top of the Premier League, having won all four of their games so far, with Carlo Ancelotti’s strengthened side impressing in the early weeks.

Victory in the derby would be the perfect tonic.


October 21 – Ajax (A)

NYON, SWITZERLAND - Monday, December 17, 2018: Lyon player Laura Georges holds up Ajax after making the draw during the UEFA Champions League 2018/19 Round of 16 draw at the UEFA House of European Football. (Handout by UEFA)

Liverpool are back in the Champions League this month and their first game serves up their first clash with Ajax since 1966.

Erik ten Hag’s side won the Eredivisie last season, but are currently fifth in the table having won three and lost one in their opening four games.

It is one of the most attractive games in the Champions League this season, and Liverpool will be looking to get off to a bright start having dropped out at the last-16 stage in 2019/20.


October 24 – Sheffield United (H)

The visit of Sheffield United in the Premier League would have been the first game played in front of fans at Anfield since March, but government ruling has put paid to that.

It will still be an exciting clash, though, and one that could see Rhian Brewster feature against his old club, having swapping Liverpool for United in a £23.5 million deal at the start of the month.


October 27 – FC Midtjylland (A)

LISBON, PORTUGAL - Sunday, August 23, 2020: Previous winners etched into the European Cup trophy seen before the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. (Credit: ©UEFA)

Unlike Ajax, Liverpool have never played FC Midtjylland in their history, but the Danish club are one of the most interesting sides in this season’s Champions League and could pose a stern test.

This is Midtjylland’s first-ever season in the Champions League proper, and they will be looking to make a mark.


October 31 – West Ham (H)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, February 24, 2020: West Ham United's manager David Moyes shakes hands with Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 3-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool close out the month on Halloween night with the visit of David Moyes’ West Ham, who have been in solid form in recent weeks, notching 4-0 and 3-0 wins over Wolves and Leicester respectively.

Klopp is yet to lose in any of his five games against Moyes so far, and the Reds haven’t lost to the Hammers in their last eight meetings, including six wins.

Liverpool Academy and Women’s Fixtures

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 3, 2020: Liverpool's Layton Stewart (L) celebrates with team-mate Max Woltman (R) after scoring the first goal during the Under-18 FA Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers FC Under-18's and Liverpool FC Under-18's at Brockhall Village Training Ground. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


Brighton (A) – Premier League 2 – Saturday, Oct 17, 3pm
Chelsea (H) – Premier League 2 – Saturday, Oct 24, 1pm
Arsenal (A) – Premier League 2 – Saturday, Oct 30, 7pm


Sunderland (H) – U18 Premier League – Saturday, Oct 17, 1pm
Everton (A) – U18 Premier League – Saturday, Oct 24, 11am
Newcastle (H) – U18 Premier League – Saturday, Oct 31, 1pm


Man United (H) – League Cup – Wednesday, Oct 7, 2pm
Leicester (A) – Championship – Sunday, Oct 11, 2pm