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Liverpool began their second international break early on Saturday and that means four senior players will once again have a very tight rotation for the visit of Everton.

Jürgen Klopp has made no attempt to hide his disdain for the 12:30 games straight after national team breaks, for which the Reds have now been selected twice in a row.

“We have four international breaks until March, two of which already have a 12.30 kick-off,” the manager said last month ahead of Wolves’ trip.

“It’s a joke. We have players in South America, I haven’t seen them yet and we play in 24 hours. It is what it is.”

Only Alisson and Alexis Mac Allister started this early trip to Wolves, while Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez both came off the bench – although the Argentine pulled off at half-time looking very tired.

And it’s the same four Klopp will be concerned about heading into the October international break as they all play in South America in the early hours of Wednesday morning (BST).

They will then need to safely navigate their fixtures to return to Merseyside unscathed and have little time to recover and prepare for Saturday’s visit to Everton.

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“Boys are moving in all directions at the moment and we have to hope they come back healthy and then we start again,” Klopp told LFCTV after the Brighton draw.

Alisson and Nunez will face each other when Uruguay host Brazil in a World Cup qualifier from 1am (BST) on Wednesday, while Diaz will get a slightly earlier start at 12.30pm when Colombia take on Ecuador.

However, Mac Allister has the last start as Argentina’s qualifier in Peru doesn’t start until 3am, so recovery time will be short when you get back to Liverpool after the long flight.

“It’s only two and a half hours until the 3pm games, that’s true, but it’s completely different when you have a pre-match meal at 9am,” Klopp explained at the start of the 12.30 extra call. .

“It means the boys aren’t quite there yet because they’re from a completely different time zone. And anyone who’s ever had jet lag knows how that feels.”

The visit of Everton on October 21 will be Klopp’s 13th Premier League Saturday lunch since the international break, more than double the number of the next club.

So it’s no wonder that Klopp is very disappointed with Liverpool’s schedule, with the only saving grace in this case being the Reds playing at Anfield.

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