Liverpool Name Squad for Champions League Group Stage


Liverpool have confirmed their squad for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League

The 2020/21 tournament gets underway for the Reds on Wednesday, October 21, with an opening day trip to Ajax in Group D.

Liverpool Confirm Squad For Champions League

Strength in Numbers

Five substitutes will continue to be allowed in the Champions League this season. It was a ruling Jürgen Klopp was an advocate of in the Premier League.

The German manager, who celebrates five years in charge at Anfield today, is likely to benefit from additional strength in-depth, following the summer signings of Thiago, Diogo Jota, and Kostas Tsimiskas.

Talking Points

One surprise within the selection is 17-year-old Harvey Elliott, who makes the cut for the clashes with Ajax, Atalanta, and Midtjylland.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inclusion is a nod towards the fitness of the midfielder, who is yet to be seen this season due to a knee injury. The group stage ends shortly before Christmas, and his addition could mean a return isn’t too far away.

Youngsters Available

The six-time champions are also able to field players under the age of 21 with at least two years’ training at the club. Therefore, the likes of Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams, and Neco Williams will benefit from this.

Confirmed Squad

Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Adrian, Caoimhín Kelleher

Defenders: Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Kostas Tsimikas

Midfielders: Fabinho, Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Forwards: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Harvey Elliott

The Reds will be desperate to avenge their quarter-final elimination last March, the final game before lockdown as they were eliminated after extra time by Atletico Madrid.

Bayern Munich are the current holders after they clinched their own sixth European Cup in August.

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