Jose Enrique was expected to leave Liverpool this summer but, having chosen to stay and fight for his place in the final year of his contract, the left-back has now been included in the Reds’ Premier League squad for 2015/16.
Forced to train alone amid speculation that he could join West Bromwich Albion, a move for Enrique failed to materialise despite rumours of a deadline-day move.
As the summer transfer window closed, Enrique took to Twitter to declare: “I’m happy to stay and fight for my place.”
Enrique could well get that opportunity, after being included in Rodgers’ 21-man league squad.
Short of the limit of 25, Rodgers’ selection is bolstered by a number of players under the age of 21.
Alongside Enrique in the main squad selection is a full quota of eight homegrown players: Joe Allen, Nathaniel Clyne, Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge.
Twenty-two-year-old academy regular Joao Carlos Teixeira is also included, although both he and Enrique miss out on Rodgers’ Europa League squad.
Ibe and Rossiter are also both not included in this European selection, but remain available due to their homegrown and under-21 status.
Liverpool Premier League Squad 2015/16 Joe Allen (HG), Christian Benteke, Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne (HG), Philippe Coutinho, Jose Enrique, Roberto Firmino, Jon Flanagan (HG), Jordan Henderson (HG), Danny Ings (HG), Adam Lallana (HG), Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Milner (HG), Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Sturridge (HG), Joao Carlos Teixeira, Kolo Toure.
Liverpool Europa League Squad 2015/16 Simon Mignolet, Adam Bogdan, Nathaniel Clyne, Joe Gomez, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can, Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke