Liverpool’s Champions League squad for the second half of the season has been confirmed
Liverpool have made three changes to their senior 24-man Champions League squad for the second half of the season, with Cody Gakpo, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all included.
The Reds have made full use of their three allocated changes to include their January signing and the midfield duo, who were both left out for the first half of the season because of injury .
Luis Diaz is also included as he continues to recover from knee surgery. The Colombian is scheduled to return in March, so is a doubt to face Real Madrid in the round-of-16 as a result.
With Gakpo, Keita, and Oxlade-Chamberlain all included, Liverpool have left out Calvin Ramsay and Arthur Melo, while Stefan Bajcetic drops down to List B after completing two years as a Reds player. Rhys Williams and Kaide Gordon are also added to List B, while Luke Chambers is removed after joining Kilmarnock on loan.
In total that means five additions have been made to the combined squad lists (Gakpo/Keita/Oxlade-Chamberlain/Williams/Gordon) with two players dropping out (Ramsay/Melo) and one moving on (Chambers).
Ramsay made his Liverpool debut in the Champions League against Napoli back in November, but has been limited to just two appearances since completing his summer move from Aberdeen because of injury . With James Milner and Joe Gomez capable of playing at right-back, Klopp has taken the decision to leave out the 19-year-old.
Meanwhile, Arthur made his only Liverpool appearance to date against Napoli back in September, coming off the bench for the final 13 minutes as the Reds fell to a 4-1 defeat. Undergoing thigh surgery in October, the Brazilian is scheduled to return to training in the weeks ahead but, with Klopp boasting 10 other senior midfielders, the decision has been made to leave out the Juventus loanee.
Liverpool Champions League squad
Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker, Adrian, Caoimhin Kelleher (club-trained).
Defenders: Joe Gomez (club-trained), Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Kostas Tsimikas, Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Nat Phillips (association-trained), Trent Alexander-Arnold (club-trained).
Midfielders: Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, James Milner (association-trained), Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson (association-trained), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (association-trained), Fabio Carvalho (association-trained).
Forwards: Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez.
List B players: Harvey Davies, Rhys Williams, Isaac Mabaya, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Stefan Bajcetic, Dominic Corness, Kaide Gordon, Melkamu Frauendorf.
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17 years after buying Daniel Agger in 2006, Liverpool should purchasҽ another player from the same team who is perfect for Jürgen Klopp’s philosophy.
Football recruiting is evolving. A brand-new, dramatically expanding landscape is present. Transfer prices in the Bundesliga and Liga NOS, two traditional markets for Premier League clubs, have skyrocketed to levels that a team like Liverpool simply cannot afford.
Because of this, Jürgen Klopp and his team must modify their plan of action while FSG is still a member of the team.
Brighton and Brentford are two excellent examples of recent recruitment strategies. Both clubs have made player acquisitions from leagues in South America, Asia, and Scandinavian divisions like the Danish Superligaen, which are less well-known for producing Premier League teams.
It may be good for a club like Liverpool to sign one of the intriguing players who are continually coming here while they are still available at a reasonable price. Liverpool operates on a limited budget and must work hard to be able to afford larger deals when they emerge.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was acquired from the Georgian league, and Kim min Jae arrived from Fenerbahce, making Napoli another example of shrewd hiring. Both have drastically improved the Italian giants, who this season defeated Liverpool in the Champions League.
Of course, the same can be said about Brighton and Brentford this season.
These results showed that Liverpool needed to catch up to the rest of the league, and the new sporting director for the team should make it their first priority.
Oscar Schwartau, who is presently competing in the Danish Superligaen, is one player who might come to the attention of the potential new sporting director. The 16-year-old broke through the ranks at Bröndby IF this season and is showing the kind of talent that, if he continues on his current path, will lead to a transfer to one of the elite clubs in European football.
Although Schwartau was born in 2006, he has already scored three goals for Bröndby this season, giving his team a league average of 0.52 goals per 90 minutes.
Schwartau is a quick and reasonably tall player who can play on the wings and as a second striker. He is technically gifted and is able to drop deeper from attacks and even cover the sides when playing as a forward.
He is also a player that fits Klopp’s style of play, which is crucial from the perspective of Liverpool. He is among the top 10 tacklers in the league with an average of 8.61 successful defensive actions per 90, while Wyscout places him first among tacklers with an average of 6.32 possession-adjusted interceptions per 90.
Quick and somewhat tall, Schwartau can play as a second striker or on the wings. Technically gifted, he can protect the sides when acting as a forward and drop deeper from attacks.
Additionally, he is a player who complements Klopp’s style of play, which is vital for Liverpool. With an average of 8.61 effective defensive actions per 90, he is among the top 10 tacklers in the league, while Wyscout ranks him first among tacklers with an average of 6.32 possession-adjusted interceptions per 90.