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.
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
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?
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).
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.