Liverpool face a daunting nine-game prospect after April’s international break, but Jurgen Klopp has already mapped out his quest for a quadruple
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The Reds have been very busy of late and those not called up for their international teams are now enjoying a week off. Unfortunately off Jurgen Klopps Perspective, that’s not very many as several players are now focusing on the all-important World Cup qualifiers.
Mohammed Salah and sadio mane face off in a two-legged play-off between Egypt and Senegal for a spot in Qatar. Diogo Jota will play for Portugal against Turkey to play against either Italy or North Macedonia for a place at the World Cup. Takumi Minamino, Luis Diaz, Alisson and Fabinho all jet across the globe, while there are friendlies for many other players.
Liverpool’s next game is not due until Saturday 2 April Watford on Anfield Road. But even that could be problematic for some of their players. Salah and Mane will not return to England until Wednesday March 30 – less than 72 hours before that game – while Jotas Portugal could meet Italy on March 29 and Minaminos Japan will play Vietnam on the same day.
Jordan Henderson (England), Andy Robertson (Scotland), Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands), Kostas Tsimikas (Greece), Divock Origi (Belgium), Naby Keita (Guinea), Caoimhin Kelleher (Republic of Ireland) as well as Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott ( England U21) all play in friendlies. That means there aren’t many Liverpool players left to put their feet up this week.
Klopp might have preferred to have his players sun lounged for a week before returning to Kirkby to prepare for a crucial month of play, but thankfully he already has an important part of his plan to win the quadruple in action implemented.
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You can’t succeed in four different competitions without every player doing their bit – and that’s exactly what happened to Liverpool this season. January’s Africa Cup of Nations was the best example of Liverpool’s squad density, with Jota, Minamino, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain promoted in the absence of Salah and Mane.
Liverpool will need to capitalize on that strength once again if they are to get through April when they face you guaranteed eight games and potential nine . Success is a double-edged sword and there will be little chance of catching your breath in the next month Champions League Quarterfinals against Benfica and a FA Cup semifinals against Manchester City Adding Premier League workload.
“These are all massive games from a Liverpool perspective, so we’ll try to play them individually and not as a whole,” said Klopp after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest. “Before the game, [we knew] Obviously City would be the opponent if you want to go to the final anyway.
“The further you get in whatever competition, it’s likely that you’ll eventually come up against City. And this year, when you face us at some point, I don’t think we’re that dreamless for anyone. But it will be difficult, we have to make sure that we make it difficult for City too. Until then, there are still many games to play.
Rotation will be the modus operandi for Klopp in April and while it’s difficult and far from perfect, the win over Forest proved he has the ability to do it. Joe Gomez took Alexander-Arnold’s place at right-back; Ibrahima Konate stood in for Joel Matip; Elliott filled Salah’s gigantic boots; Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita came into midfield.
The upcoming game schedule and current concerns over the extent of Salah and Alexander-Arnold’s injuries present a frightening prospect for Liverpool. But Klopp has laid the groundwork for a hugely impressive form in 2022 to give them the best possible chance of battling for a potential quadruple in May.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/liverpool-jurgen-klopp-hectic-april-26521469 Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has already provided the perfect preparation for the hectic April