After a round of friendlies to kick off the international break, week two sees many of Liverpool's players who are off on international duty taking the first steps towards Euro 2016—or away from it…
Serbia v. France
Sunday, September 7th
7:45PM BST/2:45 PM EST
Before the Euro 2016 qualifiers begin, Sunday offers up one more friendly with an intriguing appetizer for Liverpool fans as Lazar Markovic and Serbia take on Mamadou Sakho and France. Neither has played as much as many Liverpool fans might have hoped for so far this season at the club level, but both will be expected to play significant roles for their countries on Sunday night in this intriguing match between upstarts Serbia and a well established French side.
And best of all for Liverpool fans, with neither country beginning their qualification campaign until October, both players will then return to Liverpool with a week to prepare for the match against Aston Villa on Saturday.
Switzerland v. England
Monday, September 8th
7:45PM BST/2:45 PM EST
England's qualification campaign begins against the nation most assume will be fighting with them for top spot in Group E. On the evidence of Wednesday's friendly against Norway, though, many will be penciling in Switzerland for the top spot, especially with Daniel Sturridge sidelined. Fortunately for England, whatever happens on Monday, a group rounded out by Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, and San Marino should be one they can advance from.
But qualification math is some ways down the road. For now, it's about Switzerland, and finding out if Roy Hodgson can manage not to injure a second Liverpool player before the close of the September international break. Though Sturridge will be absent, Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson are expected to start, and on the Swiss side the man to watch will be rumoured Liverpool summer target Xherdan Shaqiri.
Elsewhere, there's little to get too excited about as a Liverpool fan over the next few days. Dejan Lovren and Croatia have their first Euro 2016 qualifier against Malta on Tuesday at 7:45PM BST/2:45PM EST while Joe Allen and Wales take on Andorra, also at 7:45PM BST/2:45PM. Later on on Tuesday, Brazil have their second friendly, this one against Ecuador from New Jersey at 2AM BST (Wed.)/9:00PM EST. Meanwhile, Belgium's qualifier against Israel has been postponed until March.