Liverpool currently lead the pack at the top of the Premier League table, sitting an impressive eight points ahead of Leicester City.
However, as we enter December, it could yet prove to be a title defining month for the Reds.
In the last month of the calendar year, Jürgen Klopp’s men will be tasked with the challenge of balancing potentially nine games, including two fixtures on two separate continents a day apart. This comes after a miraculous recovery from Klopp’s trusted young Reds in the Carabao Cup against Arsenal at Anfield. Following a 5-5 thriller, Liverpool sneaked into the quarter-final draw edging out the Gunners on penalties.
It was a result that initially caused controversy with the last eight tie against Aston Villa coming the day before Liverpool are scheduled to participate in the Club World Cup, on the other side of the world.
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Negotiations to find a more appropriate date for the game took place, but after much discussion the club have decided to use two different squads in the two competitions. Neil Critchley is expected to take the reigns at Villa Park.
The complications only increase the pressure for a Liverpool side looking to claim their first ever Premier League title. Taking into consideration the possibility of a Club World Cup final, it would mean the Reds will feature in nine games across four separate competitions in December, which will be a huge test of resources.
Evidently from Klopp’s approach so far this season, the German is aware of the fixture pile-up and appreciates the need for squad depth. Throughout the course of the Premier League season 20 different players have featured for the league leaders, just 14 games in.
There have been clear intentions from the former Borussia Dortmund manager to allow time for his players to rest and recover from busy periods of football, with even key men like Sadio Mané being taken out of the starting line up at times.
Putting the change into context, Belgian Divock Origi was involved in just 12 Premier League games last term but has since participated in 10 of the 14 this campaign. It highlights the faith that Klopp currently has in squad as a whole.
Liverpool may well head into December with their unbeaten start to the season still intact. However, if they can come out the other side and into 2020 with it still holding firm, there will be a significant chance that Klopp could add to his Champions League winner’s medal.