Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says that the international break will offer a chance for Jurgen Klopp’s men to “reset the engine” amid their slump.
However, their collapse has not just had an effect on the club’s reputation at home. They have also slid down the table to eighth after sitting top in December.
A drop-off in intensity – perhaps from playing at full tilt for three seasons in a row – has played its part. The congested nature of this season has not helped either, meaning the international break could come at the perfect time for Liverpool.
Indeed, ex-Liverpool man Sturridge backed his former club to use the time off to reset.
“Great players and managers always figure out the solution to the problems and I have no doubt LFC will be back to the team we know and love,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Played some of the best football in Europe the past 4/5 years so this bad patch feels different. Int[ernational] break will reset the engine trust me.”
Liverpool face two more games before the break in the season.
The Reds travel back to Budapest on Wednesday for the second leg of their Champions League tie with RB Leipzig before facing Wolves next Monday.
As such, they could go into the break as Champions League quarter-finalists off the back of a confidence-boosting win at Molineux.
Different Liverpool make-up to international break
However, Liverpool’s players will all be affected differently by the upcoming international break.
CONMEBOL, the South American football federation, has suspended its upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The move comes after European clubs refused to allow players to travel amid the prospect of a 10-day quarantine upon their return. Indeed, Liverpool boss Klopp voiced such concerns about his stars.
As such, Liverpool Brazilians Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Fabinho will not take part.
On the flipside, Egypt have called up forward Mohamed Salah for Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros.