Is the international break more damaging to Liverpool than any other PL team?

Raheem Sterling

In light of Roy Hodgson's recent comments regarding Raheem Sterling's fitness, the battle between Liverpool and England looks set to continue.

Only four months ago the Merseyside outfit's players seemed to dominate the national team, with the club providing an apparent blueprint for success at the summer World Cup. The Reds' late push for the Premier League title drew inspiration from the performances of a number of Englishman, the majority of whom featured in Brazil. 

Naturally, Brendan Rodgers has always been keen to put Liverpool's interests in front of England's. This was witnessed recently, with the Northern Irishman blaming the Three Lions' hierarchy for their role in Daniel Sturridge's injury; accusing the team of ignoring the club's post-match recovery plan for their star man. 

However, a worrying statistic has arisen. 

Following England international performances, the Merseyside outfit experience the biggest drop in form compared to any other top fight club. Surely this will only add further fuel to the fire? The rift between club and country has been evident for several months now, but a weekend defeat will only intensify matters.

Rodgers' side prepare to face bottom-placed Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, with three points at the height of the club's agenda. The Reds have experienced a less than comfortable start to the season, having won just three matches from their opening seven league fixtures. 

One would expect Liverpool to emerge victorious as they travel to Loftus Road, but no result is a certainty in the Premier League. The opening few matches of the campaign have been enough to prove this. 

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