Liverpool are in unfamiliar territory, as they return to the Europa League this season. While it’s nothing that Jurgen Klopp’s men aren’t used to, it’s been some time since they had to compete outside of the Champions League.
At Anfield Stadium, today is all about getting the final squad summarised and submitted, ahead of the cut off point which is tonight. However, amid all the chaos of trying to meet the deadline, Jurgen Klopp has a tough decision on his hands.
Liverpool forced to omit one player from their Europa League squad
Due to the UEFA rules outlined excellently by This is Anfield, Jurgen Klopp is forced into omitting one player from his squad since there are 18 players who are considered “foreign”, and UEFA rules only allow for 17.
This is Anfield has predicted that it could be the third choice goalkeeper Adrian. It makes sense, since the need for a third choice goalkeeper is rare. In fact, the only situation where I can remember a third goalkeeper being called upon is when Manchester City didn’t have one, meaning Kyle Walker had to play a short stint in goal. Chances are, Liverpool won’t suffer from the same fate.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are tipped to win the competition. With no disrespect to their opponents, the Reds are the favourites in the competition by some distance.
Not only would adding another European trophy to Anfield’s trophy cabinet be worthy of pride, it also provides a route back into the Champions League next season. Of course, the aim for Jurgen Klopp is to finish in the top four of the Premier League, but there’s no harm in pursuing the Europa League, even if it’s as a safety blanket.
Who do you think will be omitted from the Liverpool squad before they submit it to UEFA tonight?