Liverpool are busy preparing for the weekend’s Premier League clash with league leaders Leicester City on Sunday.
The problem at present is that more than half the squad are currently dotted around the world on international duty.
It meant a couple of less established figures were given the opportunity to take on prominent roles in the Tuesday evening session.
Nat Phillips and Billy Koumetio, neither of who were named in Liverpool’s Champions League squad, were both involved in the session.
It was great to see Joel Matip back involved too, with the Cameroonian defender Liverpool’s only fit and recognised option in central defence.
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Matip, 29, clocked up 90 minutes during the 1-1 stalemate with Manchester City earlier this month in what was only his third start in over a year for Liverpool. It is paramount that he is able to remain as durable as possible over the next few weeks.
According to The Mail, he is expected to partner Phillips in the heart of the defence against Leicester at the weekend.
New summer signing Marcelo Pitaluga featured too as did academy graduates Paul Glatzel, Luis Longstaff, Leighton Clarkson and Jake Cain and this time in a smaller training which could prove to be an invaluable opportunity to impress manager Jurgen Klopp.
James Milner, Matip, Divock Origi, Phillips and Adrian were among the senior players also involved in the training session.
Liverpool’s ranks will increase on Thursday and Friday when players return from international duty.
It will be up to the players at the club’s new £50 million AXA Training Centre in Kirkby to set the standard in terms of fitness and sharpness, and some of the likes of Milner, Matip and Phillips will accordingly have an advantage when it comes to selection at the weekend.