The end of the International Break is in sight. The last slate of matches will be taking place over the next 36 hours. At which point, we can finally close the book on this break and look to the impending slate of Liverpool matches - which include a combination of Premier League and Cup competitions - with a set list of players in mind who should be fit and available.
It’s always the worst part of such breaks, right? The sense of anxiety and anticipation as we get through a round of games that matters to a whole lot of people - the players included - but maybe, generally, doesn’t matter to you, the Liverpool fan. And so it is, that with each update we wait with baited breath and pining hope that the updates don’t contain the dreaded word, “injury.”
Luckily, today’s update from the official site contains no such term. In fact, the leading story in this update is that Georginio Wijnaldum scored a goal to help the Netherlands ease past an easily overmatched Estonia with a 4-nil victory. Wijnaldum’s goal followed two from former Red Ryan Babel and one from Memphis Depay. To go along with this solid performance from the Liverpool midfielder, big Virgil Van Dijk chipped in with a full 90 minute performance to help keep the clean sheet. Wouldn’t expect anything less from these two, though.
And with the strong performance from 2.5 Liverpool players, the Netherlands have placed themselves in a pretty nice position to advance out of their group, as while they sit 3 points behind both of Germany and Northern Ireland, the Dutchmen have a match in hand. Meaning, the pressure is on the other two nations to continue to churn out results.
All of this is generally good news with the best of it all being that, for now, neither Wijnaldum nor Van Dijk are injured. Which is really the baseline for Liverpool hopes coming out of this break. Just come home, you two. Safe and sound.