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On the eve of the Queen’s death, Liverpool’s Premier League game against Wolves has been postponed

Liverpool will be surprisingly frustrated by their extended break from Premier League fixtures, despite the fact that they have looked physically exhausted at times this season. Two consecutive postponements have occurred at an inconvenient time, resulting in Jürgen Klopp’s side being out of domestic action for nearly a month by the time they face Brighton. Of course, they’ve been to Europe in the meantime, where they defeated Ajax in dramatic fashion. However, this significantly improved performance can no longer be used to generate momentum: Liverpool will instead twiddle their thumbs until the rest of the Premier League returns next weekend, followed by the international break. Equally concerning is the fact that these fixtures must be installed somewhere. Another deep run in cup competitions for Liverpool could cause the Premier League major problems; there is a possibility that there are simply not enough spare midweek slots to play the postponed games against Wolves and Chelsea. Because of their similarities, Jol Matip will benefit as Liverpool matchwinners face different fates: With the Luis Daz transfer trend, Liverpool should welcome a ‘home’ £52 million Champions League hero. But, for the most part, these issues are not unique to Liverpool. Only six of the 20 teams have had two matches postponed, and only three of those teams have European commitments to consider, but Klopp will accept the realities of the pause for events surrounding the Queen’s death. The timing of the postponed games has been particularly unlucky for Liverpool. Apart from stifling any early momentum, the specific two fixtures that have been postponed mean that Klopp will eventually face two far stronger opponents. Jordan Henderson will be all too familiar with the renewed threat that the Wolves will now pose. He famously squared up to Diego Costa at Chelsea, and the 33-year-old has now returned to the Premier League. If Liverpool had played Wolves at the scheduled time, their opponents would have been in the midst of a striker crisis. Summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic had recently suffered an ACL injury, prompting the rush to sign Costa on a free transfer. However, due to an appeal over his work permit, that move would not have been completed in time. Of course, Liverpool’s injury situation may have improved by the time the game is played. Henderson, for example, should be back in shape and able to renew his acquaintance with Costa. However, hosting a Wolves team that is chronically short on strikers after scoring just three goals in their first six Premier League games would have been an appealing prospect. The Chelsea rescheduling is no better. The Blues, like Liverpool, have had a difficult start to the season. In contrast to Liverpool, they responded by sacking the manager. This fixture was on track to be Graham Potter’s first Premier League game in charge. Instead, it will be played whenever it is possible, which could be in 2023. By then, Potter will have had a chance to implement his philosophy, and Chelsea will almost certainly have reverted to their usual third-place finish in the league. Again, it’s a two-sided coin, and by the time that game comes around, Liverpool will have had a chance to rediscover their true selves. However, while Klopp has issues to address, Potter has a completely new ethos to establish — it would have been far preferable to play his side at the start of that journey. Ultimately, regardless of how the schedule unfolds, everyone will play everyone twice. If Liverpool wants to be considered a legitimate title contender on a consistent basis, they can’t afford to wallow in self-pity in situations like this, instead producing a laser focus on how to win. But it’s difficult to deny that the latest round of Premier League postponements has made Klopp’s job that much more difficult.

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