Liverpool have confirmed their 23-man squad for the forthcoming FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar later this month, with two key men not included.
The tournament clashes with a Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa, which is being played 24 hours before their opening match in Doha, and there had been some debate about whether the squad would be split.
However, once it was revealed under-23’s coach Neil Critchley would be in the dug out for the League Cup tie it became apparent where Liverpool’s priorities lie.
Only Joel Matip and Fabinho, both currently out injured, of its senior players are missing from a squad that also includes youngsters Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams as well as fourth-choice goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.
Ill or injured players can be replaced up to 24 hours before Liverpool’s first match on December 18.
Squad in full: Alisson, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Lovren, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Adrian, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Lonergan, Shaqiri, Brewster, Robertson, Origi, Jones, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott, Williams.
Meanwhile, Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund have thrown their names into the hat in the race to take exciing Liverpool attacking prospect Rhian Brewster on loan in January.
The 19-year-old has frequently received warm praise from Jurgen Klopp, but that has not transitioned into first-team gametime, however, with Brewster afforded just two senior starts in the EFL cup this campaign.
The talents of the youngster are undoubted, but with Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in pole position for starts, and Adam Lallana, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri waiting in the wings, Brewster’s best bet for action may come via the loan route.
A host of English clubs have registered interest in acquiring the forward on a temporary basis, but now a report from online publication Football Insider has revealed that an overseas excursion to Germany may be on the cards. Read more…