Liverpool have confirmed their 2021/22 UEFA Champions League squad. The Reds name 24 players, with one 28-year-old missing out.
There aren’t exactly many shocks as Liverpool name their 2021/22 Champions League squad. Restrictions do limit them to 24 players, however.
Rules dictate that a 25-man squad must have four players trained at the club. Liverpool can’t quite match that yet, with only three named. That should fix itself, however, as Harvey Elliott spends more time with the Reds.
As a result, Liverpool must leave one space open in their squad to make up for the missing homegrown player.
It’s worth mentioning that homegrown players under 21 don’t need to be named. Neco Williams and Curtis Jones aren’t in the squad for that reason, though they can still play.
Liverpool 2021/22 UEFA Champions League squad
Liverpool name three goalkeepers here. Alisson Becker is the first name, of course, with Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher being the other two.
And with that, we get the only real exclusion. Liverpool haven’t named Loris Karius in their squad, despite him remaining at the club.
We went into some reasons why Liverpool picked Adrian over Karius here.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Nat Phillips are all in the squad. It’s the strongest set of centre-backs Jurgen Klopp has had at his disposal.
In fact, it’s one of the strongest sets we’ve seen at Liverpool. Squad depth will likely be important this season, so we can expect them all to play.
Three fullbacks make the list, too. Trent Alexander-Arnold, now 22, must be named, while Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas are there, too.
Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are there.
Strangely, both Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are down as midfielders here. We imagine that’s a mistake on UEFA’s part, rather than Liverpool naming them as such.
Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota headline this group, with Firmino and Mane listed as midfielders for some reason. They’re joined by Elliott, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi.
The latter essentially confirms that reports of his imminent departure aren’t true. We can rest easy on that one, then.
Liverpool’s 2021/22 UEFA Champions League squad
Alisson, Adrian, Kelleher
Van Dijk, Matip, Gomez, Konate, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Tsimikas
Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Keita, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elliott
Salah, Mane, Firmino, Jota, Minamino, Origi