Jurgen Klopp welcomes Liverpool academy stars to Melwood for pre-season training

A number of Liverpool’s promising academy talents have been called up by Jurgen Klopp for pre-season training at Melwood.

Klopp’s first-team ranks are left thin at the start of pre-season, with Joe Allen, Danny Ward and Emre Can currently on duty at Euro 2016.

Meanwhile, the likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Philippe Coutinho are still on holiday following their international exploits this summer.

The German welcomed the remainder of his squad to Melwood on July 2, as pre-season training began ahead of a busy schedule of warmup friendlies.

But with the Reds’ first clash away to Tranmere Rovers on Friday swiftly approaching, Klopp has moved to flesh out his selection.

This has seen youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn among those to move up from the club’s Kirkby academy facility, though it remains unclear as of yet whether they will feature against Tranmere.

More familiar faces such as Ryan Kent, Connor Randall, Tiago Ilori, Kevin Stewart, Brad Smith, Pedro Chirivella and Cameron Brannagan are also involved as Klopp puts his squad through their paces.

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Meanwhile, Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues has returned from a loan spell with Belgian side Sint-Truiden—though he is unable to feature in 2016/17, as he is still without a work permit.

Allan may be free to take part in pre-season friendlies, though he is set to leave the club on another temporary deal in the coming weeks.

Alexander-Arnold’s inclusion could see the U18s captain drafted in to cover at right-back or in midfield, with Ejaria also able to operate in the latter role.

Woodburn can provide cover for Danny Ings and Mario Balotelli up front, with Origi, Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke having not yet returned to Merseyside.

Liverpool kick off their run of nine warmup friendlies at Prenton Park on July 8, with domestic clashes with Fleetwood Town, Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town to come before the Reds’ tour of the US.

Liverpool FC pre-season 2016/17 dates:

  • July 8 – Tranmere Rovers (a) 7pm BST
  • July 13 – Fleetwood Town (a) 7pm BST
  • July 17 – Wigan Athletic (a) 4pm BST
  • July 20 – Huddersfield Town (a) 7.45pm BST
  • July 27 – Chelsea (Rose Bowl; Pasadena) 8:30pm PST (4.30am BST, July 28)
  • July 30 – AC Milan (Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara) 7pm PST (3am BST, July 31)
  • Aug 1 – Roma (Busch Stadium; St. Louis) 7.30pm CT (1.30am BST, Aug 2)
  • August 6 – Barcelona (Wembley) 5pm BST
  • August 7 – Mainz (a) 2.45pm BST

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