Luis Diaz was left out out of a strong looking team selected by Jurgen Klopp during today’s open training session in Singapore.
As seen on the Liverpool FC YouTube channel, Klopp’s Liverpool XI contained most of the team’s big hitters, but there was no room for Diaz.
Instead, Fabio Carvalho interestingly lined-up on the left of Liverpool’s attack. He joined Darwin Nunez and Mohamed Salah as The Reds team played together without an opposition.
Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara predictably made up two thirds of Liverpool’s midfield. Joining them was Naby Keita, who was chosen ahead of Jordan Henderson.
The defence was the same four players who made up Liverpool’s back-line in the Champions League final in May. Virgil Van Dijk was partnered by Ibrahima Konate, with Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold at full-back.
Carvalho given chance to bed in
This could all mean nothing, of course. But looking at the strength of the team, perhaps these are the players Klopp currently considers his best.
If it is, the only real surprise would come in the fact that 19-year-old Carvalho starts ahead of Diaz. The Colombian has been electric since signing for a total of £50m in January.
He was arguably Liverpool’s best player from February onwards. This season the 25-year-old looks set for an even bigger role, with Sadio Mane departed.
For Carvalho to replace him, he must have done something truly special over the last two weeks.
More likely is that Klopp is giving the youngster an idea of playing with the first-choice players. By now, he knows exactly what Diaz can offer and how he can fit into the system.
As a result of Carvalho being a new player, maybe Klopp is just trying to build a picture of where he can fit in.
It’s also possible that the eleven, or 10 really without a ‘keeper, are the players slated to start against Crystal Palace tomorrow.
Either way, it was an interesting window into where the Liverpool manager’s thinking currently is.