Jurgen Klopp must hand Virgil van Dijk a rest before Arsenal clash on November 3

After going through a tough set of fixtures before the international break, Liverpool escaped any major or long-term injuries to their squad.

Despite the hamstring problem that James Milner suffered against Manchester City on Sunday, Klopp would have been happy with his team’s fitness after matches against Chelsea, Napoli and the defending champions in a short space of time.

But there are a few Liverpool players who deserve a break when they return from international duty and one of them is Virgil van Dijk, who has sustained an issue while away with the Netherlands.

What’s the story?

The defender has been instrumental since joining the Reds at the beginning of the year and has established himself as the key cog in Klopp’s strong defensive set-up – being a huge part of the reason why the Reds haven’t conceded a goal in the Premier League at Anfield since February.

In terms of the world-record £75m transfer fee for a defender they paid, it has definitely been a case of money well spent by Klopp and has set the club up for potential silverware this season, as well as being worthy title challengers.

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The 27-year-old’s presence seems to have improved the players around him as well with Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold all seemingly stepping up since the Dutchman arrived at Anfield, and ultimately he is their most important player right now.

He needs urgent rest!

However, as much as his involvement has been positive, Klopp must be careful of him burning out. Van Dijk started and scored as the Netherlands beat Germany 3-0 in the Nations League on Saturday, but he picked up a knock that may mean he doesn’t feature in the friendly against Belgium on Tuesday.

After the international break Liverpool face Huddersfield Town, Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League and Cardiff City before they travel to Arsenal on November 3.

Klopp needs to use the two Premier League matches in particular to give Van Dijk a little rest ahead of the clash against the Gunners and the busy festive period, with Gomez, Lovren and Joel Matip all capable of stepping in and doing a job against two of the top-flight strugglers right now.