Liverpool have flown out to Norway for Wednesday’s pre-season friendly with Valerenga without Luis Suarez, Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel who have all received knocks.
Johnson, Agger and Skrtel are being rested back on Merseyside “as a precaution”, according to a statement issued by the club earlier today.
Meanwhile Suarez will undergo a scan on his foot after sustaining an injury during Monday’s open training session at Anfield.
Daniel Sturridge also doesn’t travel, as expected, as he continues his full recovery from the ankle injury sustained whilst on international duty in May. Sturridge did however train with his teammates for the first time yesterday.
The Liverpool squad that travels to Norway is:
Jones, Enrique, Toure, Alberto, Gerrard, Aspas, Coutinho, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Spearing, Lucas, Mignolet, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Kelly, Flanagan, Ibe, Wisdom.
No doubt the non-inclusion of Suarez in the squad will further fuel the British media’s pursuitT of a good transfer story, with the Uruguayan still linked with a big money exit from Anfield this summer.
The Independent write this afternoon (Tuesday):
Liverpool’s announcement may cause a fresh rush of speculation concerning Suarez’s future, however their position is clear in explaining the striker’s absence from the trip.
Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his squad can continue their 100% record in this summer’s pre-season games, having won five from five so far and clean sheets in all.
The Reds face Valerenga, who are currently seventh in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, at 6pm (UK) on Wednesday, 7th August 2013.
They then face Celtic in Dublin on Saturday in their final warm-up game before the Premier League kicks off on Saturday, 17th August.