An international break three weeks into the new season is never ideal for anyone, but on this occasion it came at perhaps the worst possible time for Liverpool.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have enjoyed a perfect start to the season, with three wins, three clean sheets, nine points and top spot in the table.
The Reds will no doubt have been desperate to keep the momentum going after their further morale boosting 1-0 victory over arch rivals Manchester United at Anfield, and Rodgers will be hoping the two week break will not have had a detrimental effect.
The Liverpool boss has enjoyed a huge turnaround in fortune since January, and has seen his side go 10 Premier League games without defeat.
The feel good factor around Anfield has been further extended by the summer transfer business undertaken, in which the Reds have managed to bring in eight new faces to add real strength and depth to their squad.
The question now is whether Rodgers can keep all his players happy, with plenty of options available now in defence, the midfield and the strikers positions.
It is the midfield that perhaps poses the biggest question. Assuming Rodgers sticks with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, the Liverpool boss will have plenty to ponder with regards to his strongest team.
Here we have identified five midfield combinations for the Reds, and the one we believe to be the strongest.