The Spaniard has been unable to train under legendary new goalkeeping coach Claudio Taffarel as he recovers from the issue, with five goalkeepers joining Liverpool’s open session at Kirkby on Monday.
It is likely that a larger number of ‘keepers take part in first-team training on a daily basis with the expanded coaching staff, with Klopp aiming to build “a proper goalkeeping school.”
One of those set to benefit is 18-year-old Brazilian stopper Pitaluga, signed from Internacional in a deal worth up to £1.8 million last year.
But the teenager is unable to take part, having been left off Liverpool’s List A for the competition and being ineligible for List B.
Though an unlimited number of players born on or after January 1, 2000 can be named on List B, UEFA rules state that they must have been “eligible to play for the club concerned for any uninterrupted period of two years since his 15th birthday.”
Since Pitaluga only joined Liverpool 14 months ago, he cannot be registered for the Champions League unless he takes a valuable slot on List A.
Liverpool’s under-19s take on Milan in the final group game of the youth tournament on Tuesday afternoon, hoping to secure a guaranteed place in the next round, but Pitaluga has not been registered in that squad either.
Fabian Mrozek is expected to start against the Milan U19s, then, with Davies joining the first team as part of the squad for the Champions League.
Davies is eligible for List B having been signed with Liverpool since under-9s level – the earliest a player can agree youth terms with an English club.