With Liverpool’s upcoming title defence just days away, there has been a growing level on anticipation regarding international fixtures with a number of Reds players currently away representing their respective countries.
There is always a worry hanging over supporters that the international break could be a potential downfall in Liverpool’s prospects ahead of the new season in terms of injury worries.
Fortunately, Liverpool are almost over the hump completely unscathed as three potential starters for Saturday’s season opener against Leeds United concluded their international breaks without sustaining injuries.
Scotland captain Andy Robertson for the second time in just four days played the full 90 minutes for his country last night as the Tartan Army earned a vital victory in the UEFA Nations League following a 2-1 win against the Czech Republic.
Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnlaldum were both also in action last night as the Netherland’s national team were beaten by Italy in Amsterdam on Monday.
Both Liverpool stars started and played the full 90 minutes as Holland were beaten in a competitive match for the first time since their Nations League final defeat to Portugal last year.
Coming through the match without an injury was particularly poignant for the Reds duo as Italy’s Nicola Zaniola went off injured amid a suspected ACL tear.
Next stop Liverpool
Robertson, Van Dijk and Wijnaldum can now fly back to Liverpool with all three players not required to quarantine, coming in from the Netherlands and Czech Republic.
Considering all three aforementioned Liverpool stars started in the club’s Community Shield defeat to Arsenal a week ago means that it is likely all will be in contention again at Anfield on Saturday.
Liverpool’s long-awaited title defence is just five days away as for the second season running Jurgen Klopp’s team will host the Championship winners on the opening day of the season.
All three of Liverpool’s returning stars will have benefitted from more minutes in the tank following two highly competitive matches away on international duty adding to the friendlies matches the Reds played during pre-season.
Robertson and Van Dijk have collectively missed just four league matches in two seasons while Wijnaldum was utilised in midfield more than anyone else last campaign so if the past is any indication, all will likely start against Marcelo Bielsa’s team under the lights at Anfield on the weekend.
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