Jurgen Klopp will be aware that his team must simply be more consistent with their performances and results in the second half of the season if they are to have accomplished anything by June.
The Reds went into the World Cup with a better run of Premier League outcomes. As their most recent game ended in a 3-1 victory over Southampton on November 12.
The seven Liverpool World Cup competitors are likely to take a well-deserved break after their international commitments are over. But it is unclear when they will be prepared to reunite with the rest of the team.
The important dates for your calendar in December, which include the first team, women’s, and academy games, are listed here.
Liverpool Pre-World Cup December
December 4 – Reds fly to Dubai
The Liverpool players who aren’t in Qatar will fly to Dubai on Sunday for a 12-day training camp in the warm weather.
As they prepare for a return to competitive play later in the month, the Reds will face Lyon and AC Milan in the Dubai Super Cup there.
The travelling lineup will be announced soon. And many young players are likely to get a chance to shine in what Klopp is referring to as a second “pre-season.”
It is also hoped that certain injured players, including Luis Diaz and Naby Keita, would be able to start training again.
December 11 – Lyon friendly
In the first of two games in the Dubai Super Cup, Liverpool will face Lyon and will have six full days to prepare for the encounter.
The other two teams competing in the mini-tournament are AC Milan and Arsenal. But Liverpool will not face the Gunners.
The scoring system uses a unique method. There will be two games between each team. Teams receive three points for victories and two for ties.
After each game, penalties will be played regardless of the final score, with the shootout victors receiving an extra point. The winner of the Dubai Super Cup will be the side with the most points after the competition.
December 16 – AC Milan friendly
Before returning to Merseyside, Liverpool will play Milan five days later.
Divock Origi signed the Serie A champions from Liverpool this summer. But it is not included on Belgium’s World Cup roster. They may possibly be involved in that, of course.
Before the actual action resumes right before Christmas, Klopp and his coaching staff will have the chance to evaluate their players in the two games.
On LFCTV and LFCTV GO, both Dubai Super Cup games will be televised live.
December 18 – World Cup final
Any Liverpool players who are fortunate enough to survive in Qatar will participate in the championship game on Sunday, December 18.
Some, of course, will have already left the tournament by that time. But it is very probable that they will fly out for a well-deserved vacation before reuniting with the rest of the Liverpool team.
If any Liverpool players make the final, it is doubtful they will play for Liverpool again before the new year.
Liverpool Post-World Cup December
December 22 – Man City (A)
Three days before Christmas, the Reds return to competitive play against Man City in the Carabao Cup’s round of 16 at the Etihad Stadium.
On paper, Liverpool has the toughest draw conceivable. But it’s important to remember that Man City’s team is significantly more represented at the World Cup than Liverpool, which has only seven players.
Only three Man City players—Erling Haaland, Riyad Mahrez, and Sergio Gomez—did not travel to Qatar.
Because Klopp is likely to start a more potent lineup than he was able to in the Reds’ previous Carabao Cup match against Derby, Liverpool may have an advantage in this game. In the same week, there should also be a draw for the quarterfinals.
December 22 – FA Youth Cup campaign begins
In the third round of the FA Youth Cup, Liverpool’s under-18 team will play Bournemouth a few hours before the first team’s match against City.
The match will occur at Vitality Stadium and begin at 2 pm. It will be intriguing to watch which players participate because some young players may be in the running to play for the starting lineup.
The under-18s have been a fantastic value this season, with players like Ben Doak, Doherty, and Koumas all flourishing. However, there is a considerable probability that the former will play at a higher level for the remainder of the season.
The Youth Cup is a competition in which Liverpool has a long history. Moreover, the Reds won the competition in 2018–19 and placed second in 2020–21.
December 26 – Aston Villa (A)
Liverpool’s Premier League campaign will get underway on Boxing Day at Villa Park.
As we approach the second half of the season and the start of the new year, you would expect that Klopp’s team is already fired up and ready to go.
Unai Emery, a Spaniard, took over for the fired Steven Gerrard at Villa in October. Moreover, he went on to win his first two matches against Manchester United and Brighton.
Thus, a challenging return to league play.
December 30 – Leicester (H)
A league home game versus Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester will serve as Liverpool’s final contest of 2022.
Given that several other Premier League clubs have a smaller gap between matches, Klopp will likely be content with the festive schedule his team was dealt.
After having a difficult start to the season, Rodgers’ team was in much better shape going into the break. They went on to win six of their previous nine games across all competitions.