Georginio Wijnaldum has stressed the importance of Liverpool's post-international break fixture schedule, as Champions League and cup commitments are added to Premier League duties.
The Reds learned their upcoming opponents in Europe and the Carabao Cup when the latest draws for each took place last Thursday.
Jürgen Klopp’s side will face Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade in a tricky Group C of the Champions League, while Chelsea will visit Anfield in the third round of the League Cup.
With Premier League matches against Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton, the Blues and Manchester City to tackle in between times, the run could be significant for Liverpool’s season.
“It’s going to be a really important period for us – not only because they’re big games, but also because we play a lot of games. I think in these kinds of periods you need your whole squad,” said Wijnaldum.
“I don’t know why everyone was like, ‘Oh, tough group’. I think every group is tough. We know that Paris Saint-Germain are a good team.
“We played Napoli already in the pre-season and we won 5-0. But we still know they are a good team and there were situations in that game where there was stuff to deal with.”
Liverpool have, at least, set themselves up for the challenge awaiting them later this month by making a 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.
Four successive victories over West Ham United, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Hove Albion and Leicester City have established the Reds as the early pace-setters.
As in the previous two outings, Klopp’s men were made to work hard for the win against the Foxes on Saturday – though, for now, the points are all that matter.
“We have to do things better, but the result is the most important thing,” added Wijnaldum.
“During the season we have to grow and [when in] this kind of situation [so] the next time you make it less hard for yourself. I think you have to play football in those kinds of situations and that has to be improved during the season.”