Way too soon after the last one is the upcoming international break, Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester City notwithstanding. While the Anfield faithful fidget with impatience, eager to kick on with lofty domestic and European ambitions, an assortment of Reds will be jetting off around the world to partake in lesser fare.
Three Liverpool players made the England squad as the Three Lions prepare to take on the Czech Republic in Prague on October 11 before heading to Bulgaria to face the Balkan nation for the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez were the ones to receive the call up while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain failed to keep his place in the squad after making only two starts for Liverpool to this point in the season.
England manager, Gareth Southgate was meritocratic in his selection, picking Alexander-Arnold as England’s clear form right back and choosing not to call on Manchester City’s Kyle Walker. Furthermore, an injury to Walker’s teammate John Stones opened up a spot in the squad for Gomez despite the 22-year-old still making his way back to full match sharpness following a long injury layoff. Other exciting young talents to be selected included Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho as well as maiden nods for Chelsea trio Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
One Red who won’t be making a trip abroad is Egypt talisman Mohamed Salah, who has been left out of the national side to allow for a “period of rest during the next stage to preserve him from any future complications,” according to a statement made by the Egyptian Football Association.
Relations between the Liverpool star and the EFA have been tense of late, with the 27-year-old deleting mentions of the Egyptian national team from his social media profiles and tweeting the cryptic message “whatever they do to try to change my love for Egypt, they will not succeed,” amid rumored disputes with the national football body.
مهما حاولوا يغيروا حبي ليكي ولناسك مش هيعرفوا❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/CgM7w1xKXY— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) September 24, 2019
While Liverpool supporters will be glad that their no. 11 will be getting a much needed break, the news isn’t all good as Sadio Mané’s Senegal and Roberto Firmion and Fabinho’s Brazil are set to face each other halfway across the world in Singapore on October 10, this after all three players having featured heavily for club and country stretching back into the summer.