Karius, Can, Lovren and Matip at Melwood for November break

4 November 2016

Jurgen Klopp will have a host of his key players at Melwood for the November international break, including Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.


Liverpool play their final game before the break on Sunday afternoon, taking on an in-form Watford side at Anfield.

From there, a number of Klopp’s squad will depart on international duty, travelling as far as Africa and South America to compete in World Cup qualifiers and friendlies.

However, with national team managers announcing their squads this week ahead of the break, Lovren and Matip are among those left out.

Lovren has been omitted from Ante Cacic’s latest Croatia squad, after missing the October break due to injury, while Matip has long distanced himself from the Cameroon setup.

This means Klopp will be able to work with both of his first-choice centre-backs on the training field, and they will also be joined by Liverpool’s No. 1 goalkeeper, Loris Karius.

The 23-year-old has been left out of Joachim Low’s Germany squad, with the long-serving manager preferring Bernd Leno and Marc-Andre ter Stegen as backup to Manuel Neuer.

Emre Can is also excluded from Low’s squad, having only recently returned to full fitness following an ankle injury.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 1, 2016: Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal against Swansea City from the penalty spot to make the score 2-1 during the FA Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Alberto Moreno has, unsurprisingly, been overlooked for Julen Lopetegui’s latest Spain squad, giving Klopp the opportunity to continue his work on the left-back at Melwood.

Alex Manninger and James Milner are retired from duty with Austria and England respectively, while Lucas Leiva remains out of Brazil manager Tite’s thinking.

This trio provide Klopp with much-needed experience for the break, with the 49-year-old likely to include a number of academy players to flesh out his squad during the break.

Joe Gomez, Cameron Brannagan and Sheyi Ojo will be among those hoping to make their mark during the break.

Klopp will, however, be without Simon Mignolet, Ragnar Klavan, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Ben Woodburn.

Marko Grujic (Serbia), Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge (all England) are all expected to be called up for duty; but Kevin Stewart is likely to be omitted.

Danny Ings will also remain at Melwood, but will be undergoing rehabilitation following his season-ending knee injury.

This is Anfield will have a full and comprehensive list of players called up and left out for the November break when all squads are announced.

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