Jürgen Klopp has said he expects Liverpool’s England contingent will be involved in friendly in Australia three days after the end of their Premier League season and less than a month before the national team face Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.
Liverpool will play Sydney FC in a lucrative match at the ANZ Stadium on 24 May after closing their domestic campaign at home to Middlesbrough and have announced that Steve Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Steve McManaman will feature in the game.
Despite calling up four former players Klopp insists Liverpool’s England players and other internationals will travel halfway around the world for a fixture that forms part of the club’s 125th anniversary celebrations. England face Scotland on 10 June, with the squad expected to report for training five days earlier, before playing a friendly against France in Paris on 13 June.
Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge would all normally feature in the Australia trip and the England games, but fitness problems may dictate otherwise. Henderson is on crutches after being told by Liverpool’s medical department to take the weight off a foot injury that has sidelined the Liverpool captain since 11 February. Klopp has admitted the midfielder suffered a setback in his recovery and it is not known when Henderson will return.
Liverpool must also play a waiting game on Sturridge’s recovery from another hip injury but Lallana is expected back from a thigh problem for Monday’s trip to Watford. Injuries permitting, Klopp expects to take a strong squad to Sydney after the Middlesbrough finale.
The Liverpool manager said: “We will go with pretty much everybody. They will all go there even if they don’t play. They will be involved with other things. We are not sure, there are one or two [who could miss the trip] but that involves other things and not international call-ups. We will show the best and nicest faces of LFC.
“There is no final decision at this moment. What we can say is 100% yes – we want to present Liverpool as good as possible and it makes sense to import these legends. They’re really happy about it.”