Photos: Liverpool squad train ahead of Man United Europa League tie

9 March 2016
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The Liverpool squad trained at Melwood on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the Europa League first leg tie against Man United.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Liverpool players during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match against Manchester United FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

As the sun set on Merseyside, the Reds’ players were going through their final preparations the day before one of the biggest games in recent history – a first European meeting against Man United.

Absent from training was midfielder James Milner, who was sent home earlier in the day suffering from a virus. He is therefore a doubt for Thursday’s match.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match against Manchester United FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jon Flanagan was all smiles during the warm up – but the local lad isn’t registered in the Reds’ European squad so will miss out, something Jurgen Klopp has admitted regret at.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Liverpool's Jon Flanagan and Brad Smith during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match against Manchester United FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Daniel Sturridge hasn’t started the last two games but is expected to come back into the side.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match against Manchester United FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Milner out, the team almost picks itself, with Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino behind Sturridge.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match against Manchester United FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp was, as ever, looking relaxed ahead of the game!

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, March 9, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg match against Manchester United FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Watch Klopp’s pre-match press conference in full here

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