Gini Wijnaldum travels as Liverpool confirm final 20-man squad for Club World Cup

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Gini Wijnaldum is part of Liverpool’s squad for the Club World Cup despite his withdrawal due to injury in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Watford.

Jurgen Klopp expressed doubt over the Dutchman’s inclusion after he left the field clutching his hamstring, telling reporters after the game it was a muscle issue.

But Wijnaldum has been named in the Reds’ final 20-man squad for the trip to Qatar, which will first see them take on Monterrey in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening.

Dejan Lovren misses out, having joined Fabinho and Joel Matip on the long-term absentees list, while both Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster are also cut from the group.

The pair were expected to feature in the League Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa on Tuesday night before flying late, but it now seems as though they won’t join the first-team squad.

Brewster has struggled with injury in recent weeks, and it could be that he is still sidelined and could be unavailable for Neil Critchley‘s young side at Villa Park.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 30, 2019: Liverpool's Curtis Jones (C) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the winning fifth penalty of the shoot out during the Football League Cup 4th Round match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 5-4 on penalties after a 5-5 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Neco Williams and Curtis Jones will both head to Qatar, however, but Klopp has not drafted in further centre-back options despite Lovren’s injury, as Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever stay on Merseyside.

The remainder of the squad is unchanged, but with three goalkeepers included it is a small selection for Klopp during a busy stage of the campaign.

After the semi-final, the Reds will either play in the final or the third-placed playoff on Saturday evening, before returning to take on Leicester in the Premier League on Boxing Day.


Liverpool’s Travelling Squad for the Club World Cup

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, December 10, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (#11) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate captain Jordan Henderson during the final UEFA Champions League Group E match between FC Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Goalkeepers: Alisson, Adrian, Lonergan

Defenders: Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Williams

Midfielders: Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Jones

Forwards: Firmino, Mane, Salah, Shaqiri, Origi

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