As 11 members of Jurgen Klopp‘s senior Liverpool squad put together to affix up with their nations for the September worldwide break, we check out the gamers who shall be travelling the furthest.
The Reds are within the midst of a 17-day hole between matches, with this weekend’s scheduled Premier League encounter with Chelsea postponed.
When the gamers reconvene after the break, they are going to be confronted with a busy calendar that may see them play 13 video games in six weeks previous to this yr’s World Cup.
For that purpose, it’s crucial that Klopp has as lots of his squad accessible as doable, and the Liverpool boss shall be watching on anxiously as his gamers end up for his or her international locations over the course of the subsequent fortnight.
Journey and air miles is one thing he may even concentrate on, with Liverpool internet hosting Brighton in a 3pm (BST) kickoff on Saturday October 1. These away on worldwide obligation will return within the days earlier than that fixture, some prior to others.
One of many final gamers to return is more likely to be Luis Diaz, who is because of face Guatemala in New Jersey subsequent Saturday, and Mexico in California within the early hours of the morning on Tuesday September 27. He’ll then embark on an 8000km flight dwelling and is unlikely to return to Liverpool coaching till Thursday on the very earliest.
Mohamed Salah is the opposite participant who shall be representing his nation exterior of Europe this month. His Egypt facet will face Niger on Friday, earlier than internet hosting Liberia the next Tuesday. The kickoff time for the latter fixture is unclear, however he too faces a protracted haul flight again to Liverpool after the sport.
Fortunately, the remaining 9 gamers who’ve been referred to as up for worldwide obligation shall be based mostly in Europe, together with the Brazilians and Uruguay’s Darwin Nunez.
Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are all due for a brief journey to France to play Ghana and Tunisia, with Tite’s gamers spared a protracted flight again to South America.
Nunez shall be based mostly in Austria, the place Uruguay will tackle Iran, after which Slovakia for a pleasant towards Canada.
Elsewhere, Trent Alexander-Arnold will journey to Italy for England’s first Nations League encounter, earlier than Gareth Southgate’s facet host Germany at Wembley. So too, will Harvey Elliott, with England’s under-21s facet going through the identical nations.
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk shall be taking part in in Poland after which in his homeland for his or her September fixtures, Kostas Tsimikas in Cyprus and Greece, and Diogo Jota within the Czech Republic and Portugal.
The one slight uncertainty is Naby Keita, who was named in Guinea’s squad to face Algeria and Ivory Coast in Africa, however will certainly not be concerned, as he continues to get better from damage.
There are 16 gamers who haven’t been chosen for worldwide obligation, with the likes of Nat Phillips, Fabio Carvalho and Arthur handed some beneficial recreation time within the under-21’s victory over Leicester on Saturday.