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7 times around the world: Staggering toll for PL’s top stars


LIVERPOOL will hope they are not bumped off their perfect start to the season – after their players clocked up the most miles during the international break.Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League leaders visit Tottenham on Saturday after winning all their four games so far.But staggering stats show Liverpool’s 17 internationals amassed 72,867km when away with their countries in the past week – topping all their “top six” Prem rivals.The Reds’ main travellers were Brazil trio Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, who were all quickly jetted back on a private plane, plus Senegal striker Sadio Mane.The individual “award” went to Tottenham’s Colombia defender Davinson Sanchez, who notched 23,533km on trips to Venezuela and Argentina.The list for the Prem’s elite shows a huge gulf between Liverpool and Chelsea.While the Reds only narrowly beat Manchester United in second place, Maurizio Sarri’s 11 internationals piled up only 11,600km.And 100% side Chelsea have what seems the least difficult game this Saturday, at home to winless Cardiff.So, as the other 12-point team Watford host United, the Blues must think they could be topping the table by tea-time tomorrow.

The Prem’s top six provided 18 of the 23 England players for the 2-1 Uefa Nations League defeat against Spain at Wembley and Tuesday’s 1-0 friendly victory over Switzerland at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.And in total players from these elite clubs flew 282,357km on international duty.That’s seven times around the world.Or two-thirds of the way to the moon. But Watford might well be feeling over it – if the Hornets, who had seven players away with their countries, can strike a blow for the other 14 clubs by beating United for a fifth straight win.This story originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission


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