Why the international break has come at the right time for Liverpool

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After the damaging defeat to Manchester United, Brendan Rodgers needs to use his time wisely.

Liverpool's defeat to Manchester United was a big blow for their top four chances as they now sit five points behind the Champions League places with eight games to go.

After a difficult first half when Garry Monk's Swansea City side appeared to have got the better of Brendan Rodgers in the midfield tactical battle, Louis van Gaal's Manchester United side certainly did. 

Some are questioning whether Liverpool's 3-4-2-1 system has been worked out and side have now found a way to play against the formation that has helped turn their season around after a retched start. During this period Rodgers has got to find a way to make Liverpool commanding in the middle of the park again and providing a new element of surprise. 

It seems as though the momentum Liverpool had in recent weeks was petering out, but the break for the manager at least presents the opportunity to try and address those issues ahead of a huge trip to Arsenal at the Easter weekend. 

Liverpool have also picked up a couple of knocks. Adam Lallana has withdrawn from the England squad with a groin problem and this could be used as a period to get both him and Daniel Sturridge fit - who is rumoured to be left out of England's games because of a hip problem. Both players will prove to be essential during a trying run-in, with the Reds also still involved in the FA Cup.

Of course, Liverpool wouldn't have liked going into the international break on the back of a defeat to a major rival. But the past two performances have had their worries about them, and it's a big international break for Brendan Rodgers to not just get his side winning again after their five-game winning streak came to an end, but to put on a positive performance.

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