Who actually likes international football? For the most part, international breaks are just about the dullest thing in the sport. We dread them. These fortnight periods that rob us of top quality Premier League football are one of the most contentious issues in the game today. Thankfully we may not have to suffer too many of them in the next year. Liverpool have been given a Takumi Minamino boost this week with FIFA and the AFC confirming that October and November’s fixtures will be postponed until 2021.
Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup were schedule for October and November this year.
However, both FIFA and the AFC have confirmed that these fixtures won’t take place and will instead be postponed until 2021.
The decision has come in response to the ongoing global health crisis with the governing bodies deciding to postpone the fixtures to protect the health of the participants.
Japan do still have a November friendly with Croatia scheduled, whether or not this friendly will go ahead remains to be seen.
Liverpool Minamino boost
Liverpool will be pleased by this decision as it means Takumi Minamino will be available for selection heading into the most hectic period of the season.
November and December is traditionally the maddest a fixture list can get with sides often playing every three days for six weeks.
Heading into this period bosses will likely look to rotate their sides in order to keep everybody fresh and fighting fit for the onslaught of football.
It is expected that Takumi Minamino will take on a more important role next season, him not jetting off for international fixtures before a crucial moment in the season is a massive boost.
The Reds will also be encouraged by the fact that they needn’t worry about him picking up an injury whilst playing for his nation.