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Jurgen Klopp the real beneficiary as Liverpool stars return from international duty

If there were no winners on the pitch during England’s 1-0 defeat at Wembley to Denmark last night, then Jurgen Klopp was definitely a winner off it.

During a campaign that has so far seen the Reds blighted by numerous injury setbacks, Liverpool’s international stars will return to Merseyside relatively unscathed.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 14: Jordan Henderson of England during the UEFA Nations League group stage match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

None of Liverpool’s England representatives including Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold or Joe Gomez started against Denmark on Wednesday night with the Reds skipper the only to feature having clocked up 15 minutes off the bench.

Meanwhile, Brazilian duo Roberto Firmino and Fabinho will also return to Melwood having both benefited in different aspects over the past week.

For Fabinho, the man described by Pep Lijnders as Liverpool’s very-own ‘lighthouse’ was an unused substitute in both of Brazil’s matches against Bolivia and Peru meaning the midfield general will return well-rested both physically and mentally ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

Meanwhile, Firmino returns to the Liverpool camp with a spring in his steps having scored two goals for his national team to get his goalscoring account up-and-running for the season.

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Diogo Jota was another Liverpool figure in a rich vein of goalscoring prowess having scored twice and assisted during Portugal’s 3-0 Nations League win over Sweden in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is self-isolating due to testing positive for COVID-19.

Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum were also in action last night having both played out the full 90 during the Netherland’s 1-1 draw with Italy.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 13: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 13,20 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The fact that Klopp’s players have enjoyed the appropriate amount of rest while others have received a much-needed confidence boost is a huge win for the Reds as it could prove significant in how the team react to their capitulation against Aston Villa earlier this month.

Klopp wasn’t able to appropriately analyse where the team went wrong at Villa Park so the news that the bulk of his returning stars will return having benefited from time away is the best possible outcome the Liverpool boss could have hoped for.

Let’s hope the Reds deliver a response worthy of champions against The Ev on Saturday.

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