7 goals, 5 assists, 3 injuries & 1 left unused – Liverpool FC in the international break

A total of 16 first-team players were called up for their country during the October international break, five got on the scoresheet but one Red did not see a minute of action.

The second of three internationals breaks to start the season put an unwanted pause on Liverpool’s campaign, with 16 senior players jetting off to various parts of the world.

The only hope we have during this time is that all players return to Merseyside fit and healthy, but that has not been the case.

Andy Robertson left the Scotland camp early with a serious-looking shoulder injury, Ben Doak missed the second of his two under-21 matches due to an issue and Luke Chambersturned his ankle.”

It does put a sour note on the fortnight but there were a number of positives with five different Reds scoring a goal – Luis Diaz could have made it six from the penalty spot – and four notching at least one assist.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what unfolded during the October break.


Minutes played

DOHA, QATAR - Saturday, November 26, 2022: Argentina players sing the national anthem before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C match between Argentina and Mexico at the Lusail Stadium. Guido Rodríguez, Lisandro Martinez, Alexis Mac Allister. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A total of eight Reds played every minute for the respective countries, but, surprisingly, Alisson remained unused for Brazil for a second successive international break:

Alexis Mac Allister – 180
Darwin Nunez – 180
Dominik Szoboszlai – 180
Harvey Elliott – 180
Kostas Tsimikas – 180
Luis Diaz – 180
Mohamed Salah – 180
Virgil van Dijk – 180
Ibrahima Konate – 177
Wataru Endo – 151
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 90
Ben Doak – 62
Andy Robertson – 44
Diogo Jota – 28
Jarell Quansah – 14
Alisson – 0



DOHA, QATAR - Saturday, December 3, 2022: Netherlands' Virgil van Dijk celebrates after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Round of 16 match between Netherlands and USA at the Khalifa International Stadium. Netherlands won 3-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Elliott certainly enjoyed his break with England under-21s after notching a brace, while Nunez also continued his early season form with Uruguay:

Elliott – 2
Nunez – 2
Doak – 1
Szoboszlai – 1
Van Dijk – 1



NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 12, 2023: England's Harvey Elliott celebrates after scoring the third goal during the 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifying Group F game between England and Serbia at the City Ground. England won 9-1. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There were also two assists for an in-form Elliott, while Nunez and Szoboszlai also coupled their goals by setting up a team-mate:

Elliott – 2
Nunez – 1
Szoboszlai – 1
Tsimikas – 1