Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea this weekend has been postponed and they return to action after the international break on October 1.
Liverpool are one of six Premier League teams not in action this weekend as their clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was postponed.
Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, football was halted last weekend as a sign of respect. It’s returned, on the most part, this weekend but a number of fixtures were called off ‘following extensive consultation with clubs, police, local Safety Advisory Groups and other relevant authorities’.
Jurgen Klopp ‘s side were in Champions League action midweek as a late header from Joel Matip secured a crucial 2-1 victory over Ajax at Anfield. They won’t play a Premier League fixture, though, until after the international break when Brighton visit Anfield on October 1.
Speaking before the Ajax game this week, the Liverpool boss explained how his team has used the time off. He told reporters: “Of course, in a week with Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday this would’ve been a tough one anyway, coming back Thursday afternoon and stuff like this. But yes, we would have wanted to play.
But for the reasons we all know, it didn’t happen and of course we respect that. Now we try to use the time for analysis and training, which made absolute sense after the game we played at Napoli.”
The extended break will allow Liverpool to work with new signing Arthur Melo, as well as those currently on the sidelines recovering from injury. Given the Brazilian, on loan from Juventus, joined on deadline day and hadn’t trained with his parent club, he is in desperate need of match fitness.
The Reds understands bespoke individual sessions, gym work and general team training will be the focus for Arthur over the next two weeks in a bid to get himself up to speed before the visit of Brighton next month. Liverpool’s injured cohort will also be working on their own respective fitness in the time off.
Klopp told reporters before the Napoli game: “Arthur now needs just football – and training, especially, that’s how it is. He wasn’t in team training for a while at Juve, so he needs proper team training – and that’s what we are doing with him.”