Where Liverpool should aim to be at the NEXT international break

With several players called up to play for their countries on international duty, there is a spell of games from mid-October to mid-November which could prove key in Liverpool's season. So what should they be aiming for?

Liverpool's start to the season has probably received more column inches than most given their transfer activity in the summer, along with coming so close to the league title last term, and their return to the Champions League this season.

So far, they have collected 10 points from their opening seven games, and of course they will have wanted better. Their defence has been under the spotlight but their form in general has been under scrutiny after the loss of Luis Suarez.

In all fairness, their start hasn't been the easiest. They faced trips to Manchester City and Tottenham, a Merseyside derby, and games against two of the three sides that were able to take points away from Anfield last season in the form of Southampton and Aston Villa. As it stands they are still in with a chance of qualifying from their Champions League group, in the last 16 of the League Cup - and are just the one point off the Champions League places.

After the international break, the run of league fixtures seems pretty kind - and all of the games seem winnable. They face trips to Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United with home games against Hull City and Chelsea. Chelsea is the stand-out difficult game there, as the Reds will look to take maximum points from the other three games in particular. That in itself should leave them right in the mix when it comes to the Champions League places at an early stage of the season, despite many commenting on them having such a poor start.

Then there are the two Champions League games against Real Madrid. They wont be easy at all given the calibre of opposition, and after the loss to Basel on Matchday two, this game is perhaps bigger than Liverpool would like it to be - and there is a feeling that they may need to go for the win at Anfield, or at least take something from the game.

However, Ludogorets have proved themselves be tough opposition for both Liverpool and Real so it looks as though it could be an interesting group - whilst the League Cup provides a good opportunity for the club to lift silverware, so Brendan Rodgers will be keen for his side to win that game.

The Liverpool boss has spoken at length at how much the return of Daniel Sturridge, Emre Can and Joe Allen from injury will be able to help his side, and it will be interesting to see if their return from the sidelines helps the side to more positive results.

A good period for Liverpool will be to see themselves still in the League Cup, in a position where qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League is in their own hands, and at least three league wins along the way. If they manage to get four then there will be some serious momentum behind the Reds and they won't want the next international break to come. 

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