Liverpool confirm Champions League squad with Xherdan Shaqiri in but midfielder missing
Liverpool have registered a 24-man squad for the initial phase of the Champions League this season
11:25, 8 OCT 2020
Liverpool have registered a 24-man squad for the 2020/21 Champions League group-stages, but there is no room for Wales international Harry Wilson.
The Reds are allowed to name a maximum squad of 25, with eight of those ‘locally-trained’, but Liverpool have opted to only utilise seven of those spots with James Milner, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Caoimhin Kelleher, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harvey Elliott all named for this year’s group-stages.
Wilson ’s absence, despite there being room in the squad for his inclusion, prompts fresh speculation about his future with the club despite remaining at Anfield after Monday’s transfer deadline day.
Meanwhile, Xherdan Shaqiri has been named in the squad despite also being linked with a Liverpool exit.
Alisson is also included despite currently being sidelined with a shoulder injury, reiterating the Reds’ hopes he will return to full fitness in four to six weeks, while summer signings Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas have also been registered.
The likes of youngsters Curtis Jones and Neco Williams are not named, but they do not need to be to feature for Liverpool in the Champions League this season.
The duo were both born after 1 January 1998 and have been eligible to play for the club for an uninterrupted period of two years since their 15th birthdays so are eligible to be registered on List B.
In contrast, Elliott does not yet fulfill this criteria, hence the 17-year-old's inclusion in Jürgen Klopp 's announced squad.
If Liverpool progress to the Champions League knockout stages, the Reds would be able to register a maximum of three new players by February 3, but the overall limit of 25 players on List A remains.
Klopp’s side face Ajax, Atalanta and FC Midtjylland in this year’s group-stages, with German allowed to utilise five substitutes from a matchday squad of 20 for fixtures.Liverpool’s Champions League squad in full (Home-grown players in bold):Goalkeepers:
Alisson Becker, Adrian, Caoimhin Kelleher
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez
, Kostas Tsimikas, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold
Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner
, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
, Xherdan Shaqiri, Harvey Elliott
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Takumi Minamino, Diogo Jota, Divock Origi.