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Philippe Coutinho starred for Brazil in their two matches.

Seven things Jurgen Klopp learned from Liverpool’s international break

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There will be an added aura surrounding Anfield when Liverpool take on Leicester City on Saturday.

The finishing touches have been put on the iconic stadium’s new main stand, which cost £114 million and increases Anfield’s capacity to 54,167.

So watching Liverpool play at their home just got even better. And with the return of domestic action following the international break, there will be a sweet feeling when Jurgen Klopp’s team take on the champions.

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The international break is a necessary evil for plenty of football fans who don’t really care that Moldova and Lithuania are in action. Just stick with the good stuff, they say.

Here are seven things we learned during the international break - in which 12 Liverpool players jetted off to represent their countries - including Philippe Coutinho doing his thing for Brazil, one summer signing having an injury scare, Jordan Henderson being scary and Gigi Wijnaldum showcasing some magic. 

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Fans can breathe a sigh of relief over Mane’s fitness

One of the worst things about international duty is the potential for players to get hurt. So seeing Sadio Mane receive a kick in the back of his knee while playing for Senegal wasn’t pleasant.

But the forward, who has impressed since joining from Southampton, eased fears by confirming he is fine.

“I spoke to [Jurgen Klopp] and told him everything was OK, I am 100 per cent fit and there was nothing specific [to report],” he said after helping his country beat Namibia 2-0.

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Coutinho is good at football - even after a lengthy trip

No Liverpool player did more travelling than Phillipe Coutinho during the break. The Brazilian flew 5,600 miles to Quito to take on Ecuador before a near-1,300 mile journey to Manaus to face Colombia.

When he returns to Liverpool, the 24-year-old will have travelled more than 12,000 miles, per the Liverpool Echo.

But the playmaker showed no signs of burnout, assisting Neymar’s goal in a 2-1 win against Colombia and inspiring a 3-0 win against Ecuador from off the bench.

Check out his highlights from the Colombia game below.

Stoke City move has inspired Joe Allen

Joe Allen was a serviceable player for Liverpool but Klopp was never going to stop him from leaving Anfield in the transfer window, especially when a £13 million bid from Stoke arrived.

But his excellent performance in Wales’ 4-0 win over Moldova (admittedly not the most challenging opponents) will have given Klopp food for thought. Might one more year at Liverpool have been ideal?

Brad Smith produces lovely assist for Australia

There was a time when Brad Smith looked ready to become a first-team player for Liverpool.

So it was surprising to see him sold to Bournemouth, especially given that Liverpool’s current pecking order at left back consists of Alberto Moreno and James Milner.

The 22-year-old produced a pinpoint delivery that Tim Cahill tucked home as Australia beat UAE 1-0 on Tuesday. Likewise with Allen, Klopp might have acted rashly on this one.

Magic Gigi

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