Liverpool hero John Aldridge believes that this international break, unlike the last one, will benefit his old club.
The Reds lost three first-team players in the shape of Joe Allen, Emre Can and, most noticeably, Daniel Sturridge the last time they were away with their respective nations due to injuries picked up.
The trio have not taken part in any game between then and now, which has coincided with an alarming drop in results at Anfield.
Losses to Aston Villa and West Ham were followed a home draw in the Merseyside derby with Everton and a hard fought 2-1 victory against West Brom over the weekend.
With the Reds’ next game, against QPR, a little under two weeks away, the aforementioned threesome are expected to be fit again, while players away from their international set-ups, such as Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli, will be given plenty of time to rest and recover.
And ‘Aldo’ feels that this has come at just the right time:
“The last international break killed our momentum but this one has come at the perfect time for Liverpool.” He wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
“This fortnight will allow us to get Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Emre Can back fit and regroup after a really testing period.
“With two massive games on the horizon against Real Madrid we need to improve and I’m confident we will. The return of Sturridge will be a massive boost and give better balance to the side.
“It looks like Chelsea and Man City will fight it out for the title but it’s not all doom and gloom. We’re in that pack behind them vying for third and fourth with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.
“The performance against West Brom on Saturday wasn’t great but it was all about the result. After a bad week we desperately needed those three points and in the end we did enough to get them.”
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