The postponement of Liverpool’s journey to Man United has been seen as a disruption to the fixture checklist, however the delay could actually profit Jurgen Klopp and his squad.
Such is the problem posed by the abandonment of Sunday’s conflict at Old Trafford, it has taken days for a new date to be determined for Man United vs. Liverpool.
Talks have been ongoing between each golf equipment, the Premier League and the Greater Manchester Police, with even an alternate venue thought-about following protests from United supporters.
With underneath three weeks left of the top-flight marketing campaign, neither Ole Gunnar Solskjaer or Jurgen Klopp may have welcomed the postponement.
But because the mud settles and Liverpool get again to work at Kirkby, Klopp might effectively view the enforced break as a positive.
Between the 1-1 draw with Newcastle on April 24 and this Saturday’s go to of Southampton, there may have been 13 successfully ‘free’ days.
Some of these may have been spent in restoration, some fulfilling media obligations and a few in preparation for the journey to Manchester, however by and enormous they may have been spent on the coaching floor.
It is, in actual fact, the longest interval the Liverpool squad has been in a position to work collectively, nearly uninterrupted, all through your complete marketing campaign.
There had been three worldwide breaks, of which March noticed the fewest departures, however there have at all times been absentees throughout these spells with out video games.
Even the 12 days between the conferences with Southampton and Man United in January, which many felt Klopp could have utilised as an off-the-cuff winter break, noticed the FA Cup third-round conflict with Aston Villa wedged in between.
That Klopp selected to area lots of his senior gamers towards Villa’s academy facet that night time was seen by some as an error, in a marketing campaign the place relaxation has been at a premium.
An entire two months later, the supervisor regarded forward to a 17-day hole between clashes with Wolves and Arsenal, relishing the chance to “reset” on the again of a 1-0 loss to Fulham.
“A couple of gamers will go to internationals, a few won’t go. So we are going to use that point to coach after which we are able to change it, as a result of now we have to vary it,” he informed LFCTV.
“I don’t know if that’s what we’d like, however we’d like one thing.
“Being collectively and being on the coaching floor and dealing on the issues at all times helped us, and can assist us this time.”
Since coming back from the March worldwide break, which noticed solely 12 first-team gamers referred to as up, Liverpool have misplaced simply as soon as in six video games – the 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid.
Granted, they haven’t been at their free-flowing greatest, however that loss to Fulham again in March is the final time the Reds suffered defeat within the Premier League, ending a 14-game run that noticed them lose eight and win solely three because the 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace.
It gave Fabinho the time to seek out his health and readjust to the No. 6 position as Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips established a partnership at centre-back – and this time the break could profit Phillips particularly.
Phillips was a shock inclusion within the beginning lineup revealed earlier than the United sport was referred to as off, having missed the earlier two fixtures with a hamstring harm.
The assumption was that he had been rushed again, having not been pictured in coaching within the buildup, with Fabinho required in midfield and neither Rhys Williams or Ben Davies trusted in a tie of this calibre.
It might have been a gamble from Klopp, however now Phillips has been afforded extra time on the coaching area to rebuild his sharpness and put together for a return to motion.
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 4, 2021
Similarly, the overused likes of Gini Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will be given a extended relaxation for the primary time this season, which could assist revitalise their kind.
These are silver linings to a irritating state of affairs for Liverpool, who now face a extra congested run-in as they harbour hopes of a top-four end.
But they need to be embraced at Kirkby, with the delay in dealing with United probably turning into a real positive.
And if all else fails, not less than it extends the run of days with out defeat – now nearly one month!