Trent Alexander-Arnold has not been selected for the March World Cup qualifiers in England in a boost for Liverpool after a grueling season so far.
This means no Reds have been selected to represent England this month with Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez both injured and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain still on the outskirts at Anfield.
For the right-back, it will come as a timely break from the continued action that has seen him play the fifth minute under Jurgen Klopp this season, with 2,845 minutes under his belt.
With the coach stressed last summer that neither Trent nor Andy Robertson could “play all 50 games of the season” as it “would limit their careers”, the break will be welcome for those of Liverpool’s persuasion.
This is the second consecutive international break the No.66 has missed after a calf injury excluded him from England’s list of matches in November.
It’s form this time around that kept his name off Gareth Southgate’s squad roster, with the Three Lions boss citing a seat competition and a drop in production.
“There are some areas where we have incredible competition and Trent is unhappy,” said Southgate, with Chelsea’s Reece James and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier preferred.
“I don’t think he’s played at the level he’s been in the last few years. He’s a great talent and I’m sure he will play a big role for England in the future.
While the right-back’s form hasn’t been at its best in 2020/21, he’s seen a resurgence lately and it’s England’s defeat.
While Liverpool won’t return to action until April 4, at Arsenal each player is expected to be put off to a week before preparing for the Premier League and Champions League game.
Trent won’t be the only senior player to stay in Merseyside for the rest of March, with the Brazilian contingent remaining after the South American fixtures are canceled.