WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool confirm 22-man squad for Champions League play-off at Hoffenheim

Jurgen Klopp is travelling to Hoffenheim with a 22-man squad, ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League play-off first-leg clash on Tuesday night.

The Reds will take on Julian Nagelsmann’s ambitious Bundesliga outfit over two legs to contest a place in the group stage of Europe’s top-tier tournament.

After a frustrating 3-3 draw away to Watford to kick off the Premier League campaign, Klopp’s side will be looking to put this behind them with a strong performance in midweek.

And the German is able to call upon a reasonable group at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena, as the club confirmed on Monday morning.

Nathaniel Clyne (back), Adam Lallana (thigh), Philippe Coutinho (back), Daniel Sturridge (thigh) and Danny Ings (knee) all miss out.

But Andrew Robertson, who was left out of Klopp’s squad for Saturday’s trip to Vicarage Road, is included, and could make his full debut at left-back.

Klopp has opted to take three goalkeepers once again, with Simon Mignolet likely to retain his place as first choice, as Loris Karius and Danny Ward serve as backup.

Clyne’s absence should see Trent Alexander-Arnold keep his starting place, but Joe Gomez will be vying with the teenager, and Jon Flanagan remains as cover for both full-back roles.

Ryan Kent is also included, and with just over two weeks left to go before the transfer window closes it seems unlikely the 20-year-old will leave Liverpool on loan.

Of those registered for the play-off Conor Masterson, Cameron Brannagan, Ovie Ejaria, Ben Woodburn, Sheyi Ojo, Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster are also omitted.

Liverpool’s Travelling Squad for Hoffenheim (A)

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Karius, Ward

Defenders: Matip, Lovren, Klavan, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Moreno, Robertson, Flanagan

Midfielders: Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Milner, Grujic

Forwards: Firmino, Mane, Salah, Origi, Solanke, Kent

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