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Liverpool unable to name 25-man Premier League squad after transfer window oversight

Liverpool unable to name 25-man Premier League squad after transfer window oversight

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Liverpool allowed a host of players to leave on loan on deadline day but in doing so they have prevented themselves from registering a 25-man squad due to Premier League homegrown rules

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Liverpool are unable to name a full 25-man squad for the first half of the season due to their transfer deadline day business.

The Reds didn’t add any faces late in the day with Ibrahima Konate their only marquee signing following his move from RB Leipzig.

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However the club did tie down first team trio Jordan Henderson, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams to new deals.

The latter then headed out on loan to Swansea with Sheyi Ojo, Jake Cain and Luis Longstaff also completing temporary deadline day moves away.

Ben Davies and Ben Woodburn have also headed out on loan.


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Jurgen Klopp can only register a 24-man Premier League squad



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Ojo’s departure has made it impossible for Liverpool to name a full 25-man squad because it left them with only seven homegrown players over the age of 21.

The Reds’ current homegrown players are James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nat Phillips, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Caoimhin Kelleher.

Premier League clubs can name no more than 17 overseas players with the remaining eight names having to go to homegrown players.

However Jurgen Klopp will not see his resources stretched due to a number of U21 players who do not need to be registered in their 25-man squad.

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Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott all fall under that category and have featured in the first team.

Kaide Gordon, who impressed during pre-season, is another U21 player who doesn’t have to be listed in the squad but can still feature in the first team.

A “Home-Grown Player” means a player who, irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).

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Liverpool do currently have their full quota of 17 overseas players after Divock Origi and Loris Karius failed to secure deadline day moves.

Klopp could name a 24-man squad which included Karius as one of his four goalkeepers despite the fact he hasn’t played since the 2018 Champions League final and looks set to leave Anfield when his contract ends.

Alternatively the Reds could instead register a 23-man squad which leaves them open to, for example, adding a player who becomes available on a free transfer.



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