I’m so scared of jinxing it, but since I was wondering and bothered to look up the stats, I figured I should share.
There have been five international breaks this season, not counting the current one. Liverpool are 3-2-0 in games right after the break, and 7-3-0 you count two games after. It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s a two-week break or just a midweek game.
Break between Pompey 2/7 (W) and City 2/22
• City 1-1, Real 1-0
Mid-week break between Bolton 11/15 (W) and Fulham 11/22
• Fulham 0-0, Marseille 1-0
Break between City 10/5 (W) and Wigan 10/18
• Wigan 3-2, Atletico 1-1
Break between Villa 8/31 (D) and United 9/13
• United 2-1, Marseille 2-1
Mid-week break between Sunderland 8/16 (W) and Boro 8/23
• Boro 2-1, Liege 1-0
Three points more often than not, but not the clean sweep ostensibly needed. Other than the win over United, Liverpool hasn’t been at their best following the breaks – not really surprising given the number of international players in the squad. But they delivered against United, where there was the most pressure and they had the most to prove, so maybe that’s a good sign. It can’t get much more nerve-racking than it will be during this run-in.