We’re only into the second week from the last international break which means we’re that much closer to another dreaded international break. Given how the last break coincided with a mini injury crisis that never actually was, I think I just felt all of Liverpool fandom collectively groan at the thought. Or, at least, I groaned and probably made everyone in this Starbucks uncomfortable.
At any rate, as we’re not very far at all from the next international break in November, it is no surprise that news would start to filter out of national teams naming players to their rosters. Today, we’ve got word that Tite has named each of Alisson Becker, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino to his 23-man roster. This is no surprise as all three Reds were named to the previous two sets of international matches in September and October.
Fabinho’s retention in the side speaks, I think, to the players clear ability and talent level counterbalancing his lack of playing time as Jurgen Klopp eases him into the Liverpool system. To that end, his patience has been rewarded when upon being named to a starting place in the mid-week Champion’s League match against Red Star Belgrade, the rangy midfielder seized his opportunity by turning in a stellar performance. Related, Firmino and Alisson’s contributions to the squad have gotten regular press but still cannot go understated as Bobby notched a goal in the same tie and Alisson managed back-to-back clean sheets.
All told, Liverpool’s Brazilian contingent have done a terrific job for the Reds this season. And in light of some wonderment over the state of the Brazilian crew in light of losing Lucas and Coutinho in successive windows, it’s great to see that the Liverpool to Brazil connection remains alive and vibrant. Here’s hoping that our three lads, and all other Reds to be named to their respective national teams, see through an uneventful break and return to Merseyside healthy. Because lurking just around the corner after that break concludes is the heavy holiday fixture list.