The international break is over for another month and the Liverpool squad are returning to Merseyside, but who could require more rest than others after duty?
After the first international break of the season – which saw many countries play three games including World Cup qualifiers – considerations will need to be made regarding the minutes clocked on duty.
This is despite Robertson only recently returning from an ankle injury suffered in pre-season, with Scotland manager Steve Clarke reluctant to rest his captain despite the obvious concerns over further setbacks.
Tsimikas’ two starts and a substitute appearance for Greece could be seen as a positive, though, as he maintains sharpness ahead of likely action for Liverpool this month.
With the League Cup third-round clash with Norwich coming up on September 21, Tsimikas is almost guaranteed at least one start, but Klopp could rotate more heavily at left-back with seven games to play in 21 days.
Minutes played by Liverpool internationals
- Andy Robertson (Scotland) – 254
- Kostas Tsimikas (Greece) – 223
- Diogo Jota (Portugal) – 199
- Sadio Mane (Senegal) – 180
- Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands) – 180
- Jordan Henderson (England) – 92
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (England) – 90
- Naby Keita (Guinea) – 90
- Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – 90
- Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) – 0
- Curtis Jones (England U21s) – 0
Van Dijk was rested in the second of the Netherlands’ three fixtures, with Louis van Gaal mindful of overusing the centre-back following his nine-month layoff – which will no doubt please Klopp.
It could be seen as the perfect break for many of Liverpool‘s internationals in terms of game time, and the hope will be that they report back fit and firing ahead of the clash at Elland Road.