October will separate men from boys. Most rival clubs in Europe have nine games next month – yes, nine – and that includes Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
The Reds have taken over Brighton, Rangers, Arsenal, Rangers again, Manchester City, West Ham, Nottingham Forest, Ajax and Leeds between now and Halloween.
That’s enough to make some fans nervous. Muscular injuries have not been kind to Liverpool. This is how most of their players face problems, such as Thiago Alcantara, who missed the midfield due to a hamstring injury.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can revive the title challenge if they have a good October
That’s normal, given the work this group has put into implementing Klopp’s style of play.
Even the machine-like James Milner has collapsed in the past because of him. But I’m not here to be miserable. I want to take a look at the silver side of this schedule, and for Liverpool, this manic month could be a blessing in disguise.
Klopp’s training has been described as ‘brutal’ and ‘extremely difficult’ and I think these players will accept this list of matches because there will be no time for intense sessions in between.
They can use this relentless schedule to create a winning rhythm and revive their season.
It’s time for Klopp’s Liverpool, as they are now eight points behind Manchester City and are written off in the title race as a result.
SCHEDULE BONKERS MUST GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO START MAGUIRE
Harry Maguire seems to be turning around more slowly than cheese. It turns like a cruise ship. It turns as if a turtle is pulling a caravan.
He does not. This is all an exaggeration. He’s a good player, Maguire. But as I said in my round table conversation with Sportsmail The columns wrote on Wednesday, that he could not start with England if he did not start with his club, Manchester United.
This is another bonus for this crazy schedule because it should give him some chances to get started. Eric ten Hag has no obligation to England boss Gareth Southgate to use Maguire.
Harry Maguire should get a chance to start the Manchester United game as the matches come quickly
But it would be surprising if Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez were asked to start all nine United matches even if it was the manager’s preferred partnership. That would be too much.
Their last Premier League game was a 3-1 win over Arsenal on 4 September.
And renewed faith. But if they are beaten by Manchester City on Sunday, the reaction will not be kind and Tin Hag will realize the gloom and gloom are not far from United.
DIEGO COSTA FOR WOLF looks like a signature panic to me
Diego Costa is the box office. A ferocious act that defenders hate to face.
But don’t expect to see the same Costa who impressed us between 2014 and 2017 as the Chelsea superstar.
The 33-year-old’s last match was in December 2021 – a Brazilian league match for Atlético Mineiro in which he played for 58 minutes. He is now back in England after Wolverhampton’s reaction to Sasa Calajdic’s injury in the AFC Champions League.
Costa’s debut against West Ham could come on Saturday and Wolves need goals as they have the lowest number of scorers in the Premier League.
I’m happy to be wrong, but this one screams in panic as he taunts me and I don’t expect Costa to be at his best.
Diego Costa looks like he’s buying a panicked Wolverhampton – set to make his debut on Saturday
Martinez in Haaland is David vs. Julia!
You can’t imagine that the 5-foot-9 Martinez would book 6-foot-4 for Erling Haaland when cornering in the Manchester derby on Sunday.
Photographers will do their best to show how one of the constellations is above the other.
But for all that has been highlighted along the United defender, it must be affected by the way he has recovered from his initial struggles. He has shown good aggression, as if he wants to tell his critics that he can handle the Premier League.
However, there is no greater challenge than Haaland, and this fight is one of the reasons why Sunday’s derby is so interesting.
Lisandro Martinez (left) and Erling Haaland (right) will go head to head this weekend.
Trent got a big point to prove
Amid all the hype about his ability as a defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold will feel as if he has a point to prove.
He is a key player for Liverpool, but not for England and that has caused controversy.
But I feel Gareth Southgate’s criticisms are over the top.
Alexander-Arnold is not the best defensively and that is why he is not in the national team.
But how would the right-back like to show his worth with his club now?
Trent Alexander-Arnold has a point to prove after not playing for England during the break
Danger of falling into the cone trap
Arsenal will seek to dominate the north London derby on Saturday. They will want to keep the ball and take the game to Tottenham.
But that risks playing into the hands of Antonio Conte. He loves it when his team can sit tight and attack the counter.
It’s a specialty for Conti. With Son Heung-min now found, they could do damage to Arsenal.
Will it be Leeds blood and thunder despite marching on the sidelines?
There will be no Jesse Marsh on the touchline against Aston Villa. He will serve his suspension after that red card at Brentford.
Marsh wants blood and thunder from his players on the field, and he brings that into the technical field. Leeds started this season well, but then fell into disrepair and needed to find a balance.
COUTINHO MUST PRODUCE MORE FOR Gerard’s SAKE
Steven Gerrard has supported Philippe Coutinho but is still waiting for his faith in the Brazilian to be acquitted.
Coutinho has not scored a goal or assist in the Premier League so far this season.
He is talented, but Coutinho needs to produce more for Gerrard.
Philippe Coutinho needs to do better with Aston Villa to reward Steven Gerrard’s faith
Crazy if Rodgers gets fired now
It would be insane for Leicester to lose to Nottingham Forest on Monday and have Brendan Rodgers sent off as a result. If they wanted a change, it was time at the beginning of this international holiday.
Announcing the dismissal now would make it look like the board of directors is making it up as it goes along, which is never good.