LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, April 23, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp (right) with first team coach Peter Krawietz (centre) during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and AS Roma. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool FC confirm 26-man squad for first day of pre-season training

Liverpool have confirmed the 26 players set to report to Melwood for the first day of pre-season training on Monday, including two new signings.

Jurgen Klopp will oversee the first session of the summer after a disappointing end to 2017/18, with fitness tests expected to be held as the Reds ease back in.

With eight players involved at the World Cup in Russia, the manager’s group is depleted to an extent, though new arrivals Naby Keita and Fabinho are both available.

Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, though, won’t be present in West Derby on Monday morning, having been granted an extended break following the Netherlands’ clash with Italy on June 4.

A 26-man squad will make their way to the training ground, however, providing Klopp with a strong basis to prepare for the upcoming campaign.

Joel Matip misses out, having yet to fully recover from thigh injury that required surgery in April, but Joe Gomez is back to fitness after an operation on his ankle.

Liverpool Squad for First Day of Pre-Season

KIEV, UKRAINE - Friday, May 25, 2018: Liverpoolís Danny Ings and Andrew Robertson during a training session at the NSC Olimpiyskiy ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC. (Pic by Peter Powell/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Karius, Ward, Grabara, Kelleher

Defenders: Gomez, Klavan, Phillips, Clyne, Robertson, Moreno

Midfielders: Keita, Fabinho, Milner, Lallana, Chirivella, Woodburn, Jones

Forwards: Sturridge, Origi, Solanke, Ings, Wilson, Markovic, Kent, Ojo, Camacho

Youngsters Ben Woodburn, Curtis Jones, Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo and Rafa Camacho will all be given chances to impress, along with academy goalkeepers Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher.

Loris Karius is likely to retain his place as first-choice stopper at this stage, with Danny Ward providing backup—though Adam Bogdan, still on the books at Anfield, is absent.

Looking to make up for lost time after a difficult season last time out, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana can look to stake their claim, as can returning loanees Pedro Chirivella and Divock Origi.

Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Lazar Markovic are all included, though their futures lie away from Merseyside.

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