The beginning of September is a time when the majority of football fans are faced with the dreaded first international break of the season. This is not different for any Liverpool fans. The anxious wait for players to come back fully fit from international duty can be nerve wracking at times.
Any momentum gained before this break is effectively over and all teams start afresh. For this season, Liverpool face a hectic September. Three Premier League games are sandwiched with two Champions league games and a 3rd round Carabao Cup game. In total, Liverpool have 6 games in 21 days. On average, a game every four days.
The Reds squad will be tested and the majority of squad players will be needed during this period. First up for Liverpool will be a league game against the bookie’s favourites for the league title, Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp will only have around 3-4 days to prepare for this game with players that were on international duty.
On the 13th of September, The Reds will welcome Sevilla to Anfield for the first group stage matchday of the Champions League. Revenge will definitely be on Klopp’s mind. Following this match, the Reds will meet Burnley in a league game on the 16th of September.
Thereafter, the week beginning 17th September, Liverpool have two consecutive games against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. First up for the Reds is the Carabao Cup 3rd round game on the 19th of September. This match will provide Klopp with the opportunity to rotate his squad. Players such as Jon Flanagan, James Milner, Dom Solanke and Danny Ward will be hoping for a runout. A tough 3rd round match is exactly what this Liverpool squad needs and fans will be able to judge the strength in-depth of this side.
Four days later, on the 23rd, The Reds meet the Foxes again at the Kings Power Stadium in a league encounter. Klopp will have one eye on the gruelling trip to Moscow when picking the matchday squad for this game. The final match in a hectic month for Liverpool will be a Champions League game against Spartak Moscow in Russia. This match takes place just 3 days after Liverpool’s game against the Foxes.
Jurgen Klopp’s squad will be tested throughout this month. A weakness in this squad is the lack of depth at Centre Back. If Liverpool, continue to struggle defensively and should any injuries occur to Matip or Lovren then Klopp can expect a severe backlash from some fans for not strengthening this area during the transfer window.
The team have an ideal opportunity to lay a solid foundation for the months of October, November and December. If Liverpool does start well in September and pick up points in the Champions League and the league then confidence will grow and the fans will get behind the team. However, if September does not go well then Liverpool will be playing catch up in October and November. The pressure is definitely on Klopp’s squad as the international break comes to an end.