BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Thursday, July 11, 2019: Liverpool's James Milner during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool confirm 28-man squad for pre-season tour of the US

Liverpool have named their 28-man squad travelling to the United States this week for the pre-season tour, including Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson.

The Reds fly out to America on Tuesday ahead of three friendlies; against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting CP, as they step up their preparations for 2019/20.

Having taken on Tranmere (League One) and Bradford (League Two) in their domestic warmup games last week, Liverpool are set for a much bigger test against sides from the Bundesliga, La Liga and the Primeira Liga.

The quality of Klopp’s squad is set to increase, too, as a host of key players yet to feature this summer have been included in the group heading across the Atlantic.

As expected, Van Dijk, Henderson, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum all come into the fold, but Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri are both absent due to injury.

Alisson, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are still on holiday, while Sadio Mane is preparing for the Africa Cup of Nations final.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Thursday, July 11, 2019: Liverpool's Paul Glatzel goes off injured during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Of those to feature in pre-season so far, Vitezslav Jaros and Paul Glatzel miss out due to injury, as does Anderson Arroyo, while George Johnston and Liam Millar rejoin the under-23s.

Sixteen-year-old goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski travels, and is set to be joined by free agent Andy Lonergan in training, while Sepp van den Berg could make his first appearance since arriving from PEC Zwolle.

Ki-Jana Hoever, Adam Lewis, Yasser Larouci, Curtis Jones, Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent and Bobby Duncan also make the cut.

Liverpool first take on Dortmund in Notre Dame (July 19 local; July 20 BST), then Sevilla in Boston (July 21) and finally Sporting in New York (July 24 local; July 25 BST).

After that, they return for a friendly against Napoli in Edinburgh (July 28), before a short training camp in Evian which will see them make the trip to Geneva to play Lyon (July 31).

The Community Shield will be held on August 4, with the Premier League campaign getting underway against Norwich at Anfield on August 9.

Liverpool’s Travelling Squad for US Tour

BRADFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 13, 2019: Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City AFC and Liverpool FC at Valley Parade. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Atherton, Ojrzynski

Defenders: Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Van den Berg, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Hoever, Clyne, Lewis, Larouci

Midfielders: Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Lallana, Jones, Woodburn

Forwards: Origi, Brewster, Wilson, Kent, Duncan

Not involved: Keita, Shaqiri, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Mane