Liverpool must leave senior player out of Champions League squad after Harvey Elliott emerges
Liverpool will be forced to leave a senior player out of their squad for the Champions League group stages this season following the emergence of Harvey Elliott.
The 18-year-old counts as an Under-21 player who doesn’t need to be registered to play in the Premier League this season, however, that’s a different story in continental competition.
Despite being old enough to be included on the “B List”, having been born on or after January 1, 2000, the midfielder does not yet meet the criteria to be considered as such.
UEFA rules state that an adult player can be placed on “List B” if he; “Has been allowed to play for the club concerned for an uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday when he was registered with UEFA, or a total of three consecutive years with a maximum of one loan period at a club of the same association for a period not exceeding one year.
Joining Liverpool from Fulham at the age of 16 in July 2019, Elliott’s season on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season means he hasn’t enjoyed an unbroken two-year spell at Anfield, although he may be listed as a ‘List B’ player next season according to UEFA rules.
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With the Reds having 24 senior players they can name in their Premier League squad, the 18-year-old will be an additional name who needs to be registered to appear in the Champions League this season.
However, it’s not as straightforward as Elliott’s presence, which means Jurgen Klopp can simply name a full 25-man squad from ‘List A’, although the former Fulham man is technically an eighth. local option at Anfield.
Indeed, although clubs are required to nominate at least eight locally trained players to their teams, four of those eight local nominees must be club trained players who were on a club’s books for three years between 15 and 21. years.
Liverpool only own three of those senior players in Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Caoimhin Kelleher, with Elliott joining Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nat Phillips as association-trained players (players who were in the books of another club in the same association for three years between 15 and 21 years).
Now Klopp can still nominate the five association-trained players to his squad, but one of them will technically not count as one of their eight local candidates, so they will only be allowed to nominate a team from 24 players that due to not benefiting from a fourth option formed by the club.
Such a problem will be quickly eradicated in the years to come thanks to the presence of Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Rhys Williams, Leighton Clarkson and Billy Koumetio, who all played in the Champions League last season as players in the ” List B “, with Elliott.
However, with the Reds also having 17 senior foreign players in their ranks, this means for this season that a senior player will have to be excluded from Liverpool’s Champions League squad for this year’s group stages with Klopp being limited. to 24 squad of men.
Phillips found himself sidelined at the same stadium last season as he looked to be on the verge of leaving the Reds for good, but is expected to avoid a similar fate this year with goalkeeper rules making Liverpool’s decision rather easy.
Of the 25 players that a club is allowed to nominate on “List A”, at least two must be goalkeepers. However, after Loris Karius failed to find a new club over the summer, Klopp currently has four saves on the shot.
As a result, the German goalkeeper is the man likely to be missed given he is behind Alisson, Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher in the pecking order, has no future at the club, is out of contract in the summer next and has not competed for the Les Rouge since the 2018 Champions League final.
However, he could find himself added to Liverpool’s Champions League ranks at a later date if they suffer an injury crisis in the goal, with UEFA rules also stipulating this; “if a club cannot count on the services of two or more goalkeepers on List A due to injury or illness of long duration (i.e. lasting 30 days), a club can replace him temporarily at any time of the season. “
Liverpool are required to submit their Champions League squad to the FA today for it to be verified, validated and forwarded to UEFA by 11pm tonight.
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Liverpool’s potential 2021/22 Champions League squad in full
Goalkeepers: Alisson, Adrian, Caoimhin Kelleher (CT).
Defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez (CT), Kostas Tsimikas, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Nat Phillips (AT), Trent Alexander-Arnold (CT).
Midfielder : Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner (AT), Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson (AT), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (AT), Harvey Elliott (AT).
Forward: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Takumi Minamino, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi.
Senior players from “List B”: Curtis Jones, Neco Williams.