A group of promising youngsters joined Liverpool training on Tuesday, as Jurgen Klopp is without most of his internationals until later this week.
Klopp saw the majority of his first-team squad called up for duty in November, though Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson, Caoimhin Kelleher all subsequently pulled out.
The likes of Gini Wijnaldum, Divock Origi and Rhian Brewster were still in action for their national teams on Tuesday evening, while Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino are travelling back from Abu Dhabi after Brazil’s friendly win over South Korea.
Under-23s full-back Tony Gallacher (20) made a rare appearance, as did in-form midfielders Jake Cain (18) and Elijah Dixon-Bonner (18), with the latter celebrating a new contract.
Centre-back Tom Clayton (18) also took part, with the more experienced Isaac Christie-Davies and Pedro Chirivella rounding off the academy contingent.
In wintry conditions at Melwood, the squad were tasked with a rigorous warmup, before splitting off into groups for rondos, with Vitor Matos a vocal presence as he oversaw his academy hopefuls.
Fitness coach Conall Murtagh joined the group in small-sided exercises, with Chirivella receiving lengthy instruction from Klopp as part of a finishing drill.
This session could have allowed the likes of Cain, Dixon-Bonner and Longstaff to catch Klopp’s eye as he plans to split an extended squad over two continents, with the manager heading to the Club World Cup in Qatar at the same time.