Total minutes played by Liverpool’s internationals in September break

A total of 12 members of Jurgen Klopp‘s first team were called up for international duty this month, and it was a mixed bag when it came to the minutes they each played.

Liverpool’s season was yet to truly get up and running prior to the September break, not helped by two league postponements, but there was not to be any delaying the internationals.

It was a smaller international contingent than usual for the Reds thanks to a number of injuries, and only 10 of the 12 senior players went on to feature in either friendly or Nations League action.

Mohamed Salah was released early and, thankfully, no injuries emerged from the break – hallelujah!

Here is a breakdown of what unfolded during the final international break before November’s World Cup.


Minutes played

The Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk reacts after the final whistle during the international friendly match at the Amsterdam ArenA

Liverpool had players sitting at both ends of the spectrum for minutes played this month, with a handful playing two full games and others not seeing a single minute of action:

Alisson – 180

Virgil van Dijk – 180

Kostas Tsimikas – 180

Luis Diaz – 154

Darwin Nunez – 151

Diogo Jota – 102

Mohamed Salah – 90

Harvey Elliott – 88

Fabinho – 27

Jordan Henderson – 5

Roberto Firmino – 0

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 0


Goals scored

Uruguay forward Darwin Nunez (11) before a friendly match between the United States and Uruguay on June 05, 2022 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. (Credit Image: © Scott Winters/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

As for goals scored, three forwards were on the scoresheet, two ending long runs without a strike by doing so:

Mohamed Salah – 2 goals

Diogo Jota – 1 goal

Darwin Nunez – 1 goal

Virgil van Dijk – 1 goal


Who sat out?

England's Trent Alexander-Arnold during a training session at the FC Bayern Campus, Munich. Picture date: Monday June 6, 2022.

There were 17 senior players that stayed behind after not receiving a call up, eight due to injury and two retirees from the international stage:

Adrian, Kelleher (injured), Matip (retired), Gomez, Konate (injured), Phillips, Robertson (injured), Ramsay (injured), Thiago, Milner (retired), Oxlade-Chamberlain (injured), Keita (injured), Jones (injured), Arthur, Bajcetic, Carvalho and Gordon (injured).

And while both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino were part of their country’s squads, neither played a minute for England and Brazil respectively.

It will come as a disappointment on an individual level, but for Liverpool, it’s a boost ahead of a relentless run of fixtures before the World Cup, with 13 games in 42 days.