Uncomfortable truth strikes home about Liverpool and international break


International break. Two words that sow fear in the hearts of many supporters of the club and cause a cold sweat from the managers. And Liverpool fans in particular have good reason to bemoan the impact of such periods.

In the last week alone, they have seen their top scorer contract coronavirus, one of their two remaining senior center-backs suffer a serious knee injury, their skipper unable to last more than 45 minutes in a game and their left rear in chief completely absent. another.

Fingers and more will therefore be crossed in hopes that Liverpool do not suffer further formative setbacks before the team meet again later this week to prepare for the Premier League visit of Leicester City leaders on Sunday night.

While Reds boss Jurgen Klopp acknowledges that international football retains a welcome place in the game – although crowbarring in another round of friendlies in recent international breaks has been a step too far – such feelings are not shared by a significant number of Liverpool fans.

There is, however, a group of people who disagree with the claim that international football has no value.

The players themselves.

Being called up for your country remains the ultimate honor for the majority of footballers.

Even those, like Jamie Carragher, who freely admit their national team’s defeat didn’t hurt as much as a loss with their club still wearing their country’s colors with pride.

And the current Liverpool squad is no different.

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There were few Scots more proud than Andy Robertson after the Reds defender last week led the country to his first major tournament in 22 years.

Gini Wijnaldum responded to Holland’s handover of the captain’s armband with two goals in a win against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Mohamed Salah is the star player of Egypt, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita likewise with Senegal and Guinea respectively. Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are all integral parts of Brazil, arguably the most famous national team of all.

Kostas Timikas, Neco Williams, Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri are team regulars for their country. And that’s without even talking about the strong English contingent from Liverpool.

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Few should be surprised that the 100% pledge they all give to Liverpool is replicated with their country.

There is no way anyone will refuse the opportunity to represent their nation. After all, such an attitude has helped make them the successes they are at Anfield.

The only good news for Reds fans is that after this week there are four long months left until the next international break.


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