Liverpool name 24-man Champions League squad, including Harvey Elliott and Divock Origi
Liverpool have named their squad for the Champions League group stages with Harvey Elliott and Divock Origi included.
The Reds endured a difficult draw against reigning Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, Italian giants AC Milan and their familiar opponents FC Porto.
Jurgen Klopp’s men kick off their Champions League campaign against Milan on September 15 at Anfield, with Hernan Crespo asking his former team for revenge for the 2005 final in Istanbul.
Due to demands from local players, Liverpool were only able to nominate 24 players to their squad for the group stages.
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Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian are named as the three goalkeepers with Loris Karius unsurprisingly omitted despite failing to secure a transfer away from the club in the summer window.
There are no surprises in defense with Ibrahima Konate included as well as the regular members of the Liverpool defense. Nat Phillips was not included in the group stage squad last season but earns his place after signing a new contract.
Harvey Elliott is named to the A List squad because he does not qualify as a home player. The youngster strengthened Liverpool’s options in midfield and made an impressive start to the season after returning from his loan spell at Blackburn.
Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino are both named despite the headache caused to Klopp. Divock Origi is also included, which apparently ends speculation that he could leave the club in the coming days.
The Belgian has been linked with a move to Fenerbache, with the Turkish transfer window not closing until next week, but given that the UEFA registration window is now over, any move seems unlikely.
The Liverpool squad will also be bolstered by young B-list eligible players including Curtis Jones and Neco Williams.
Liverpool’s Champions League group stage squad:
Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Adrian, Caoimhin Kelleher
Defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konaté, Joe Gomez, Kostas Tsimikas, Andrew Robertson, Joël Matip, Nathaniel Phillips, Trent Alexander-Arnold
Midfielder: Fabinho, Thiago, James Milner, Naby Keïta, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Harvey Elliott
Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Takumi Minamino, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi