Liverpool announce 32-man squad for Champions League play-off round

Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool's training camp in Germany.
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Liverpool Football Club have announced their 32-player squad list for their double headed Champions League playoff qualifier against Hoffenheim this month. 

Liverpool Football Club have announced their 32 man squad for their double headed Champions League play-off fixture against Hoffenheim set to take place this month.

The first leg will take place at Hoffenheim’s Rhein-Neckar-Arena in Germany next Tuesday, with the reverse fixture at Anfield set for the following week on August 23rd.

Unsurprisingly, neither Mamadou Sakho nor Lazar Markovic make the cut with both expecting to be sold – or worst case scenario, loaned – by the time the month is up while Adam Lallana and Danny Ings both miss out due to still being involved in injury rehabilitation.

Interestingly Nathaniel Clyne makes the cut despite not having featured since early July with a back problem, as does Daniel Sturridge who is currently recovering from a thigh problem.

In perhaps the biggest indication that the Spaniard has revived his Liverpool career yet, left-back Alberto Moreno is also included.

Securing victory over the two legs would see the club return to Champions League for the first time since their disastrous 2014 campaign and Jürgen Klopp will be desperate to do so as he bids to build on a successful first full campaign as Liverpool manager.

Liverpool’s Champions League Play-Off Squad

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Karius, Ward

Defenders: Matip, Lovren, Klavan, Gomez, Masterson*, Clyne, Alexander-Arnold*, Moreno, Robertson, Flanagan

Midfielders: Coutinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Milner, Grujic, Brannagan*, Ejaria*, Woodburn*

Forwards: Firmino, Sturridge, Origi, Solanke, Mané, Salah, Kent*, Ojo*, Wilson*, Brewster*

*Represents a home grown player.

The Reds are able to still add one more player to their squad list if they so choose to as long as it is confirmed by midnight the night before the game. Saving room for a certain Dutch central defender perhaps?


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