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Liverpool’s advantage over Everton after international break despite Firmino’s 6,000 mile trip

Liverpool will face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday afternoon following the international break and the Reds appear to have a crucial advantage over their neighbours when returning to Premier League action.

Jurgen Klopp has spoken publicly of his concerns over international football during a pandemic, which only adds to the usual worries of players picking up injuries while playing for their national teams.

So far, the Reds appear to have come through the latest international break relatively unscathed. Xherdan Shaqiri reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 while with Switzerland but was given the all-clear a couple of days later.

But there are still games scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evening, with several Liverpool players in action.

Klopp will no doubt be pleased that both Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara have recovered from Covid-19 and returned to training this week. They should be in contention to play against Everton on Saturday, and should be fresh after missing out on the heavy defeat by Aston Villa.

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Normally, of course, Thiago would have been involved for Spain in their Nations League game against Ukraine. That the midfielder will instead be training at Melwood instead of flying to Eastern Europe will probably be a relief to Klopp.

Mane, too, should have been in action for Senegal. His country will play Mauritania in a friendly on Tuesday night, and the forward was originally named in Aliou Cissé’s squad.

The aforementioned Shaqiri started for Switzerland as they travelled to Germany in the Nations League, playing for 66 minutes of a 3-3 draw and although he has been on the fringes at Liverpool of late, Jurgen Klopp would prefer to be able to call upon every member of his squad if needed.

Elsewhere, Takumi Minamino came on in the second half of Japan’s 1-0 friendly win against Ivory Coast, after being replaced in the 70th minute during Friday’s 0-0 meeting with Cameroon.

On Wednesday, England play again in the Nations League, which means the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson could all play. They will only have two full days after to rest up and get ready for the trip to Goodison Park.

It’s a similar story for Gini Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk, who are likely to start for the Netherlands against Italy. Andy Robertson will also undoubtedly be the first name on the team sheet as Scotland host the Czech Republic.

The most fatigued player might be Roberto Firmino, who scored twice for Brazil in their 5-0 win over Bolivia on Saturday. His country face Peru away on Wednesday, and the striker will then have to fly more than 6,000 miles back to England from South America.

Fabinho is in the Brazil squad, too, but didn’t appear against Bolivia. Still, the journey back will be no less draining.

Perhaps Liverpool will feel they have an edge, as Everton’s furthest travelling players will be South American contingent James Rodriguez and Yerry Mina, both returning from Chile with the Colombia national team more than an extra 1,000 miles away.

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Naby Keita will also return from duty with the Guinea national team.

Aside from that, Liverpool should have Mohamed Salah in almost perfect condition, with Egypt not playing until November.

It could be argued that three of the best players in Liverpool’s squad should be the freshest for a crucial Merseyside derby: Salah, Thiago and Mane.

Others might tire a little as the busy schedule and travelling catches up with them, but the Reds, as things stand, look in reasonable shape.

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