Really, how hard is it to look at a calendar, FIFA? Who was it that had the grand idea to schedule an international friendly date three days before the start of the English Premier League? Whoever that person was should be flogged. But now we have this gigantic mess on our hands, and its impact on Liverpool's first match of the season to examine. There's a very real chance that a significant part of the roster will be effected by the matches, with two legs of international travel guaranteed at a minimum, with the ever-present chance of significant minutes just three days before a club match on top of it.
Anyways, let's look at who in the squad could be impacted, match-by-match:
- Japan - Uruguay: Luis Suarez is sure to participate for Uruguay's match, with Sebastian Coates likely to at least make the bench despite his lack of pre-season participation due to the paper-thin state of Uruguay's center back depth. These two having to go all the way to Japan for this match doesn't help the matter at all.
- Italy - Argentina: It's no guarantee that Fabio Borini gets the the call from Cesar Prandelli, but Italy's forward depth is a little lacking and he had a solid performance in the U21 Euros in June.
- Poland - Denmark: Daniel Agger is a lock to captain the Danes again.
- Belgium - France: Simon Mignolet should be in attendance, though likely as Thibaut Courtois' backup.
- Wales - Ireland: This should mark Joe Allen's return to the Welsh national team after his injury. At least he won't have to go far.
- England - Scotland: Another "at least they're close" match, but the potential impact is big. Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson have been regular starters for Roy Hodgson, with Jordan Henderson seeing time on the bench. The chances of Daniel Sturridge being recalled despite only just being deemed healthy enough to train in full seems frighteningly high, because, well, Roy is Roy.
- Swizerland - Brazil: The odds of this one impacting the squad are much lower, thankfully, but there is still a chance. Should Felipe Scolari decide to give most of his Confederations Cup squad a rest, Lucas and Philippe Coutinho could both get a call. Fortunately, that seems unlikely at the present time.
- Romania - Slovakia: Martin Skrtel isn't a guarantee to even make it to this weekend still on Liverpool's books, but he is for now and is still a mainstay in Slovakia's defense.