Jurgen Klopp may have kept changes to his Liverpool starting line-up to a minimum since the start of the season.
But with the Reds ready to embark on a run of seven games in the next 21 days, starting with Saturday's dinnertime visit of Newcastle United to Anfield, rotation of the squad is now expected.
And one of the beneficiaries of that could be Adam Lallana, who has so far been restricted to cameos in the Community Shield penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City and the rousing 3-1 win at home to Arsenal before the international. break.
But with Klopp keen to utilise the 31-year-old in a new deeper-lying midfield position, that could change in the coming weeks.
And our Liverpool writers, speaking on the Friday Blood Red podcast , believe Lallana could be handed a start in the Newcastle clash or in Tuesday's Champions League opener at Napoli...
Connor Dunn: Liverpool have played a lot of football already this season, including the Community Shield and the UEFA Super Cup, and then the likes of Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum have been off with their countries, so this could be a chance for Adam Lallana. He played in that holding midfield role in pre-season and did very well. You'd definitely think if Klopp rested either of those two (Henderson or Wijnaldum) he'd be well in contention to come in and play there. So, yes, this could be a big opportunity.
Ian Doyle: I think Lallana is starting either on Saturday or against Napoli. In that Fabinho role in the Premier League, it can be a bit hurly burly, but it might be different in Europe. Liverpool also showed last season you can afford to lose three games in the group stages and still get through, whereas in the league they only lost one game and still didn't win the title. So I can imagine, if Klopp wanted to experiment, I guess he could try Napoli.
Joe Rimmer: Klopp has been successful in experimenting with players' position before but do you think it could be the same with Lallana?
Ian Doyle: If you look at it, a lot of people said Lallana was Liverpool's leader of the press when Klopp first arrived, which presumably involved tackling, and which is what a number six needs to do, chasing people down and getting the ball - and that's exactly what he's good at doing. Also, he can use the ball. He did a good interview this week when he said Jordan Henderson had been telling him to watch the likes of Frenkie de Jong, that'd he been watching Fabinho as well, and that he knew by playing as a number six he'd end up taking more touches of the ball, and that there'd be more risks, but the reward would be greater.
And he has got that confidence in his ability - we all know he's good at keeping the ball. Don't get me wrong, when I first saw him in that position, I thought, 'what's he doing, why's he playing there', but he played well there against Lyon in pre-season, he's a good footballer, he's an international, a Champions League winner, and Klopp knows these players and knows how to get the best out of them. So he must see Lallana, who is 31 now, having a future in that position, and I wouldn't be surprised if he plays there in one of the next two games.
Paul Gorst: I would like to see Lallana play on Saturday in the number six because I think this is the type of game that should suit him. He's someone else on the ball who can unlock a defence in a game where Liverpool are expected to dominate against a team who will sit in with 10 or 11 men behind the ball. They're going to need as many creative players on the pitch as they can. Okay, he's not your typical crunching-into-tackles midfielder, muscling players off the ball, but he's someone who can get on the ball and create things.