The Reds ended their run of games before the campaign’s second interval with a miserable 7-2 loss at Aston Villa, setting the worst possible mood ahead of the Merseyside derby.
Jurgen Klopp said after the game that he “would love to have a training session tomorrow and on Tuesday we can speak about the things and work on it, but the boys go now to their national teams.”
It is frustrating that, in such a busy domestic calendar, FIFA and UEFA have pushed on with the demand for World Cup qualifiers and UEFA Nations League ties amid a global pandemic, while FAs have also organised pointless additional friendlies.
The risk of injury is now added to by the very real risk of COVID-19, with Thiago and Sadio Mane already self-isolating due to the virus, and as such will miss duty with Spain and Senegal respectively.
Alisson has also pulled out of the Brazil squad due to a shoulder injury, but Klopp has seen 21 other players called up from his senior squad.
They are not due back on Merseyside until late on Thursday, and will then undergo a COVID-19 test on their return which means Klopp will be unsure whether they can play against Everton until hours before kickoff next Saturday.
Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson are all in the England squad to play Wales, Belgium and Denmark, with Neco Williams, Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn with Wales and Divock Origi part of the Belgium squad.
Frank de Boer has named both Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum in his first Netherlands selection, while Andy Robertson will captain Scotland and Caoimhin Kelleher will join the Republic of Ireland senior squad.
Fortunately, Japan will take on Cameroon and Ivory Coast in the Netherlands, while Guinea’s friendly clashes with Cape Verde and Gambia will be held in Portugal.
Fleetwood Town loanee Morgan Boyes will represent Wales at both under-21 and under-19 level, while Iwan Roberts, who is yet to debut for the Liverpool under-18s, will be part of the Wales under-17s squad.
Billy Koumetio joins the France under-19s for a pair of friendlies against Germany, while AGF Aarhus loanee Kamil Grabara links up with the Poland under-21s.
Liverpool players called up in October
First-team players called up: Kelleher, Van Dijk, Gomez, R.Williams, Koumetio, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, N.Williams, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Jones, Grujic, Wilson, Jota, Minamino, Origi, Firmino, Elliott, Shaqiri
Notable youth: Woodburn, Boyes, Grabara, Quansah, Balagizi