Liverpool names strong squad for Sydney FC friendly

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action during an English Premier League match against Southampton at Anfield.
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge in action during an English Premier League match against Southampton at Anfield. PETER POWELL

LIVERPOOL has named a strong squad for its post-season friendly against Sydney FC, with Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and the injured duo of Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane the only significant omissions from the 25-man group.

Less than three days after securing a top-four finish in the English Premier League, Liverpool will take on Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday night, with the likes of Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino all available for selection.

Vice-captain James Milner, veteran midfielder Lucas Leiva and strikers Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi will also travel Down Under and manager Jurgen Klopp will be able to call upon the services of club icons Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Steve McManaman and Daniel Agger for the match. The four retired Reds have all been included in the squad as part of Liverpool's 125th anniversary celebrations.

Coutinho and Can have been left out of the squad due to international commitments. Coutinho will visit Australia with the Brazilian national team in June, while Can could feature for Germany against the Socceroos at the Confederations Cup in the same month in Russia.

Captain Henderson has been nursing a heel injury since February, while star winger Mane underwent knee surgery in April.

Squad: Loris Karius, Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Connor Randall, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner, Alberto Moreno, Steven Gerrard, Steve McManaman, Lucas Leiva, Kevin Stewart, Adam Lallana, Georginio Wijnaldum, Harry Wilson, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi, Ben Woodburn, Rhian Brewster, Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher

Topics:  liverpool fc sydney fc

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