The international break is very much upon us and Liverpool's next game is nine days away.

But there are several issues that will already be on the agenda for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the trip to Crystal Palace on November 23.

We've taken a look at three things that could be getting the manager's attention over the next week or so before the Reds are in action again...

Injuries to two key men

Two ankle injuries. Two star players. Two dilemmas for Klopp.

Both Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson are unavailable for international duty as both are currently sidelined with knocks.

The Liverpool boss will no doubt be relieved they are resting up. But he must also decide how quickly to throw them back into action.

Robertson has played every single minute of every single league game so far. Salah has missed only one match, away to Manchester United.

 

And Liverpool's schedule is as busy as it could possibly be from Palace onwards.

There are two games every week for the foreseeable future with nine matches in total during December.

Salah and Robertson will need to hit the ground running whenever they return.

Assessing their readiness for Palace - and weighing up the need for match sharpness against the risk of injury aggravation - is sure to be on the mind of Klopp and his backroom staff.

Playing the rotation game

Jurgen Klopp addresses the Liverpool squad in training
Jurgen Klopp addresses the Liverpool squad in training

Given the ridiculous run that Liverpool face over the next couple of months, planning and plotting team selections will be key.

It will be a fine balance between selecting sides that can hurt specific opponents and affording players the rest they will need over the festive season.

The Reds, of course, fly out to Qatar for the Club World Cup in mid December.

There is also the small matter of two games inside 24 hours - when Liverpool must field one team away to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup as then another over in Doha less than a day later.

 

It is a puzzle for Klopp and his trusted lieutenants.

The positive is that game time is ensured for the entire squad before the latter stages of the campaign arrive. Young talents will be assessed, and fringe players will get valuable minutes.

But there will naturally be concern over stars being overworked given the vast amount of matches that must be contested.

Pre-planned and carefully managed rotation could be crucial to ensuring it is a merry Christmas period for Reds supporters.

Looking ahead to the January window

Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool celebrates victory with Jurgen Klopp
Caoimhin Kelleher of Liverpool celebrates victory with Jurgen Klopp

There is always the possibility of a new face or two being sought to bed them in for next season.

But it seems unlikely at this stage that Liverpool will be doing much business in January.

The same arguments made over the summer surely still apply.

This settled squad is performing at the peak of its substantial powers. And the Reds would be shopping in a very exclusive market to sign anyone of sufficient quality to challenge the current roster.

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Perhaps the main objective will be to assess whether any youth players could benefit from a spell out on loan.

Given that Liverpool are still going great guns in the Carabao Cup, there are extra opportunities for many to try to impress Klopp.

Maybe there will be a Plan A and Plan B for various youngsters, with cup progression being the determining factor in whether they stick around and play here or head out in loan in the New Year.