There are four players missing Liverpool’s tour to the Far East who may have been expected to be part of the travelling group.
Williams is said to be ‘closing’ on a move to Nottingham Forest, and has therefore been left out. Meanwhile, new-signing Ramsay is reportedly injured and will remain in England for treatment.
Finally, and most mysteriously, there are no reasons given for either Gordon or Kelleher’s absences.
Two rising stars miss out for Liverpool
Williams’ and Ramsay’s omissions from the travelling squad have been well-covered over recent days. Williams is widely reported to be on the verge of leaving the club, while Jurgen Klopp confirmed Ramsay’s injury this weekend.
But in the case of both Gordon and Kelleher, there may be some slight concern.
When questioned recently, Kelleher wasn’t exactly firm in his desire to be at Liverpool next season. The goalkeeper is the perfect back-up for Alisson Becker, but suggested that he may look for a new challenge.
That would be a blow to Liverpool who reportedly have no plans to let him leave anytime soon. They should know that the 23-year-old is too good to play second-fiddle forever, but will hope he can stay on a little while longer as the number two.
Gordon’s situation is a little different in that his long-term future is expected to be at Liverpool. Diogo Jota has been talking up his ability lately and there is big expectation of what he can bring to the club.
As a result, there’s virtually no chance of him leaving on a permanent basis. A loan move could prove to be fruitful though, and wouldn’t be out of the question.
Of course the other, and most simple reason for the absence is that both are injured. The two have been pictured together this pre-season so are obviously in-and-around the club.
If that is the case, let’s hope neither are anything serious. Liverpool’s tour only lasts a week, so there’s no need to bring injured players along. More revealing may be whether the two players, and Ramsay, meet up with the squad in Austria next week.