Club managers typically hate international breaks but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp might actually be happy for the November break, which follows the Reds’ clash with West Ham.
Liverpool have lost some of their Premier League momentum, which was built up by consecutive 5-0 wins over Watford and Manchester United, after Graham Potter’s Brighton stole the show at Anfield with a 2-2 draw.
The Seagulls ran the midfield in the second half and the Kop was forced to watch on as former Red Adam Lallana and his south-coast teammates Enock Mwepu and Yves Bissouma held onto the ball for large spells.
Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all good midfielders in their own right but as a collective, they are not very good at controlling and dictating a football match.
With Thiago and Fabinho now in contention again for Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to use the international break to restore their fitness and allow Naby Keita to recover from his hamstring injury as quickly as possible.
I don’t want it to become a trend where I bang on about Liverpool’s failure to sign a midfielder in the summer, but that is the only thing currently holding the Anfield outfit back from being the Premier League top dogs.
While last season, Klopp was forced to rotate his back four every week, it seems the German is required to test a new midfield trio against every new Premier League opponent.
It is not conducive for consistency and, as we’ve seen against Manchester City and now Brighton, Liverpool have lacked control and direction which has seen them drop four points in two separate 2-2 draws at Anfield.
The 3-3 draw against Brentford was a poor result as well, but that was more a case of the home side nailing their tactics and overloading the far post against Trent Alexander-Arnold. While some criticise him for being a poor defender, you can’t expect him to win headers against two or three attackers at once.