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A Liverpool Guide To The International Break

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Scotland v Cyprus - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier
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After a hot start to the season for Liverpool, the dreaded international window is here. Having a squad with some of the top players in the world is a blessing and a curse when it comes to international fixtures. The African contingent of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and the injured Naby Keita all have no games during this set of fixtures thankfully. Xherdan Shaqiri has decided to not join the Switzerland squad so he can focus on Liverpool. Let’s take a look at who from Liverpool’s first team has been called in.

England

Euro qualifying: Bulgaria - Sept. 7, Kosovo - Sept 10

Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have all been called into the England side for Euro qualifiers. With Henderson coming off early against Burnley yesterday due to an ankle injury, he may stay back in Liverpool for treatment. If he does go, he is a likely starter. Trent figures to be an important player for this English squad. Joe Gomez could possibly partner with cough Most Expensive Defender In The World cough Harry Maguire. Ox is likely to play a reserve role.

Netherlands

Euro qualifying: Germany - Sept. 6, Estonia - Sept. 9

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum are regular starters for the Dutch, with the imposing center half the team captain. The UEFA Nations League runners up face a difficult task against Germany in their first game.

Scotland

Euro qualifying: Russia - Sept. 6, Belgium - Sept. 9

Andrew Robertson has become the captain for the Scots in short order. The 25 year old Glaswegian will lead his team against a couple of stiff tests, including Divock Origi’s Belgium side. Both games will be at home for Scotland at least.

Belgium

Euro qualifying: San Marino - Sept. 6, Scotland - Sept. 9

Divock Origi, and his penchant for important goals, has been called back into the Belgium suad. Origi hasn’t gotten on the field for the Red Devils recently, and likely is doubtful to feature as a starter, if at all.

Croatia

Euro qualifying: Slovakia - Sept. 6, Azerbaijan - Sept. 9

Dejan Lovren is a bit of a forgotten man around Anfield right now, but he is taking a break from getting coffee with Mo to join up with his Croatian compatriots.

Brazil

Friendlies: Colombia - Sept. 6, Peru - Sept. 10

Roberto Firmino and Fabinho have been called in for Brazil, while Alisson Becker was called in but will miss out due to injury. Firmino has been splitting starts with Gabriel Jesus recently, while Fabinho has primarily been on the bench to start. With both players in stellar form, it will be interesting to see how the figure into the side. From a Liverpool perspective, the travel time to get back before they play Newcastle on September 14 is always a worry.

Let’s hope everyone makes it back safe and sound!