Liverpool have confirmed their 25-man squad for the club’s six-day tour of Hong Kong, in which time the Reds will compete in the Premier League Asia Trophy.
The Reds will play a total of two matches during their time there, with the first coming against Crystal Palace on Wednesday before facing either West Brom or Leicester City on the Saturday.
Liverpool’s 25-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Karius, Ward.
Defenders: Lovren, Milner, Gomez, Matip, Moreno, Clyne, Flanagan, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold.
Midfielders: Henderson, Coutinho, Grujic, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Stewart.
Forwards: Firmino, Salah, Sturridge, Origi, Solanke, Kent, Woodburn.
Jurgen Klopp revealed after Friday’s 1-1 draw against Wigan that he was still unsure who he would be taking as part of the squad having found it difficult to leave certain players out.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “The Premier League gave us a nice challenge that we can only involve 25 players, so if you take three goalkeepers then you can only have 22 [outfielders] in the squad for this tournament. That’s quite difficult. We should’ve given the list on July 8 but I couldn’t because I didn’t know who was injured and who was not when we fly, so tonight I’ll make the decision.”
Despite the limited space, the absence of several individuals is more a formality given the various situations.
Sheyi Ojo has been left out as he nears closer to a loan move, most likely to be to Middlesbrough, whilst both Sadio Mane and Harry Wilson are still recovering from injury.
Youngsters Pedro Chirivella and Connor Randall have also been left out, as have Mamadou Sakho and Lazar Markovic- both of which are fully expected to leave the club this summer.
Emre Can will also not be involved just yet having been granted an extended break after his involvement in Germany’s victorious Confederations Cup campaign.
Danny Ings has also not been named in the squad as he continues his rehabilitation while Lucas Leiva is another omission ahead of his proposed £5million move to Lazio.
A notable inclusion is winger Ryan Kent, who will be working hard to prove himself to Klopp after spending last season on loan at Barnsley.
Following their tour of Hong Kong, the Reds will finish the month with a friendly against Hertha Berlin before competing in the Audi Cup over the first two days in August and ending their pre-season preparations with a game against Athletic Bilbao three days later.