Liverpool are edging ever closer to their most intense period of the season.

The end of the international break signals a 36-day stretch that will likely see the Reds play 12 times before New Year's Day.

Jurgen Klopp might want to get his rest in now before it all kicks off at Crystal Palace on November 23.

From there, the Reds host Napoli in the Champions League four days later before another game at Anfield against Brighton prior to the end of the month.

December 4 sees the Merseyside derby - the first-ever Liverpool fixture to be broadcast on Amazon Prime - and a visit to Bournemouth comes hot on the heels later that week.

Liverpool then fly out to Austria for the Champions League meeting with Red Bull Salzburg as the 14th sees Anfield play host to Watford.

The Reds then face the unusual situation of two senior games inside 24 hours as Aston Villa await in the Carabao Cup ahead of the FIFA World Club Cup semi-final in Qatar.

Jurgen Klopp before the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool and KRC Genk at Anfield

The European champions are expected to take the lion's share of their senior stars to Qatar in an effort to win the only championship that has so far eluded Liverpool in their history, meaning a string of youngsters will get their first taste of senior action at Villa Park on December 17.

The Reds, as is widely anticipated, will likely play the World Club Cup final on December 21 and will then travel to Leicester City on Boxing Day for an 8pm kick-off.

The final game of 2019 is at Anfield as the Reds welcome Nuno Espirto Santo's Wolves to Merseyside to complete a marathon month of action.

Klopp simply has no option but to rest and rotate, and the punishing run will be a stern test of his ability to maintain energy and fitness levels as much as it will be his tactical acumen.

We've taken a look at where and when those changes might come into play.

Crystal Palace (A) November 23

Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's second goal against Crystal Palace and sparks great celebrations from the away end

Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson remain injury doubts for the trip to Selhurst Park. As the ECHO reported this week, both players withdrew from their international squads with ankle issues and will be monitored. Should they fail to make the cut, James Milner could deputise at left-back with Divock Origi in the front three.

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Milner; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Origi, Mane, Firmino. (Two changes from Manchester City)

Napoli (H) November 27

Napoli's Mario Rui and Liverpool's Mohamed Salah battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at Anfield

With the visit from Napoli in Champions League Group E just short of two weeks away, Salah and Robertson could, theoretically, have had ample time to rest up and get those ankle knocks fully healed. Three points here and the Reds are in the hat for the last 16. The temptation to go strong here might be too much to resist.

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino. (Two changes)

Brighton (H) November 30

Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring Liverpool's opening goal against Brighton
Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring Liverpool's opening goal against Brighton

The home visit from Brighton perhaps represents something a bit more straight forward for Klopp and his squad and this could be an opportune time to rotate some of the legs ahead of the 234th Merseyside derby. Joel Matip's current knee injury makes his return difficult to predict, but could this be a game for Joe Gomez? Maybe Naby Keita or Adam Lallana will earn a start?

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino. (Three changes)

Everton (H) December 4

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Divock Origi of Liverpool Scores the only Goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC at Anfield on December 2, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Just to make this run of games that bit more intense for Klopp and his team, the Merseyside derby hand grenade is also casually lobbed into their direction. Defeat at Anfield would be their first for 20 years against the Blues. It is unthinkable. Klopp will surely go strong once more.

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino. (Three changes)

Bournemouth (A) December 7

Mohamed Salah celebrates with team-mates after scoring the second goal during the match between Bournemouth and Liverpool
Mohamed Salah celebrates with team-mates after scoring the second goal during the match between Bournemouth and Liverpool

A visit to the south coast then awaits the Reds as they travel to Bournemouth. Liverpool have only ever lost once in the Premier League era at the Vitality Stadium - a 4-3 reverse three years ago. Last season, Salah ran riot as Keita and Fabinho shone in midfield. Same again, perhaps? Xherdan Shaqiri, who has been hampered by a calf issue, could feasibly have returned by then. A chance to stake a claim in the Premier League?

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita, Milner; Salah, Shaqiri, Origi. (Four changes)

Salzburg (A) December 10

Mohamed Salah celebrates with Roberto Firmino after he scores his side's third goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and RB Salzburg

The selection policy for this one will surely hinge on the result against Napoli on November 27. If Liverpool have points they need to earn then the Reds will go into this one with a strong lineup.

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino. (Three changes)

Watford (H) December 14

Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his second goal
Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after he scores his second goal

Watford's recent history at Anfield has been wretched. The Hornets have shipped an eye-watering 16 goals in their last three visits. This term, they are floating around the lower reaches of the Premier League and this could offer the chance for some of the Reds' fringe players to make an impact with the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final - and a flight to Qatar - days away.

Potential team: Alisson; Gomez, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Origi, Salah, Firmino. (Four changes)

Aston Villa (A) December 17

Liverpool's Andrew Robertson celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Villa Park
Andy Robertson leads the fight-back at Villa Park

One of the most intriguing fixtures in recent memory, Liverpool's Carabao Cup quarter-final at Villa Park will be played amid the backdrop of the seniors' trip to Qatar. Two games in less than 24 hours is a logistical issue for the Reds without the added headache of one of them being contested on the other side of the world. A whole host of young players will make their senior Liverpool debuts. That much is certain.

Potential team: Kelleher; Williams, Van den Berg, Hoever, Larouci; Clarkson, Chirivella, Kane; Elliott, Brewster, Jones. (11 changes)

FIFA Club World Cup semi-final (Qatar) December 18

Meanwhile, in Qatar...Liverpool's senior stars will be aiming to ease into the final of the FIFA Club World Cup. An opportunity for Joel Matip to return, possibly? Klopp may decide to mix it up with crucial Premier League games with Leicester and Wolves still to come in the month.

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold; Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Lallana, Wijnaldum, Henderson; Mane, Salah, Firmino. (Five changes from Watford game)

FIFA Club World Cup final (Qatar) December 21

That meeting at the King Power looms large here, but the Reds will surely name their strongest possible side with the chance of being crowned world champions within their grasp?

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino. (Two changes)

Leicester City (A) December 26

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with Sadio Mane during the Premier League match at The King Power Stadium on September 1, 2018

Back on home soil, the visit to Brendan Rodgers' high-flying Foxes is a tricky one for Liverpool. Rodgers would dearly love to put a dent in his former team's title hopes as he gives his own a shot in the arm. Leicester are one of the Premier League's in-form teams and Klopp's side will have to dig in for what will be a huge post-Christmas assignment.

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino. (One change)

Wolves (H) December 29

Liverpool players celebrate scoring against Wolves.
Liverpool players celebrate scoring against Wolves.

Three days later, the Reds end their year with a game with Wolves. Some changes are anticipated but the Reds won't be allowed to take their foot off the gas or their eye off the ball as they continue on with their assault on the Premier League.

Potential team: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Shaqiri, Mane, Firmino. (Two changes)