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Jurgen Klopp has familiar problem as Alisson absence reminder points finger at Premier League

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Jurgen Klopp has a familiar selection headache for next Saturday’s derby against Everton – but nothing can compare with what happened two years ago today

Jurgen Klopp has grown all too accustomed to issues regarding team selection following the international break.

And a combination of injuries, suspensions and late returns mean the Liverpool manager will have another headache when his team are back in Premier League action at home to Everton on Saturday at 12.30pm.

It’ll be the 13th such early kick-off for the Reds during Klopp’s tenure, a number that will increase further with the trip to Manchester City next month. Indeed, Liverpool will have then taken part in six of the last eight 12.30pm kick-offs after an international break – matching the entire total of the next club over a period of more than eight years.

But no matter the problems with which Klopp has to contend during the next week, they won’t compare to the decisions that had to be made for the game that started that sequence of early starts two years ago today.

The Reds headed to Watford not only having to deal with another lunchtime post-international break fixture, but also the implications of coronavirus travel restrictions as the world slowly returned to normal after the destabilising impact of the pandemic.

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