Jurgen Klopp Reveals His Big Liverpool Hope for the International Break

Liverpool will not play any matches until they meet Brighton on March 31st due to the international break.

Jurgen Klopp is hoping that Liverpool’s players aren’t stretched even further while on international duty.

The Reds’ demanding schedule seemed to take its toll as they experienced a 4-3 defeat in extra time against Manchester United, resulting in their elimination from the FA Cup quarter-finals.

This match marked Liverpool’s eighth game within a span of 25 days, effectively ending their aspirations of clinching four trophies this season.

As the season now enters a brief hiatus for the final international break, Mo Salah has been granted exemption from representing Egypt. However, key players such as Virgil van Dijk, Alexis Mac Allister, Wataru Endo, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Darwin Nunez are set to join their respective national teams.

The majority of these players will participate in friendly matches, except for Endo, whose Japan squad is engaged in 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

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Following the loss to United, Klopp revealed his hope that none of his players will return from international duty with injuries, as Liverpool’s pursuit of the Premier League title resumes with a crucial match against Brighton on March 31st.

The Liverpool manager said: “I am not exactly sure when they play the first games. I think probably Thursday or Friday, something like that, so until then it should be fine.

“I think most of them have friendlies, Wataru I think has qualifiers. Can I make this decision for the managers? Most of them don’t speak the same language and I have no contact. They want them as well in the best possible shape in the summer, so most of them play either Copa or Euros.

“So, I hope they don’t have to play now two games [of] 90 minutes and stuff like this, that would be helpful, but it is not in my hands. Does it come in the right moment?

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“If we were playing and the next game would be on Thursday or Friday I would be fine with that as well. It’s never cool when they are not around, I like it a lot when they are here and we can really give players a day off and just treatment and stuff like this.

“But it is not the first time like this, it is the last time like that [of his time at Liverpool]. Let’s just hope they come back in a good shape and then we go.”

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