Due to a Premier League rule, Liverpool is unable to name a full 25-man team.
After failing to meet a homegrown criteria, Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League team is depleted.
In the Premier League this season, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will not have a full roster to choose from. After failing to reach the league’s homegrown quota, Klopp was left without a player.
Liverpool’s summer transfer business was unimpressive, with defender Ibrahima Konate being the sole notable addition.
The club took attempts to stabilize the existing squad as fan discontent grew over the lack of acquisitions.
On deadline day earlier this week, Jordan Henderson, Nat Phillips, and Rhys Williams all signed contract extensions.
After signing his new contract, Williams went on loan to Swansea City, joining Sheyi Ojo, Jake Cain, and Luis Longstaff in temporarily leaving Anfield.
With the departure of the four, Klopp is down to just seven homegrown players, falling short of the Premier League’s allotment.
A Premier League squad can have a maximum of 25 players, although only 17 of them must be foreign-born.
A homegrown player is someone who “has been registered with any club connected with The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three whole seasons, or 36 months, prior to his 21st birthday (or the conclusion of the season during which he turns 21).”
And with only seven such first-team players available, Klopp has been compelled to name an official Premier League squad that is missing one member.
The news will further add to the sense that things at Liverpool aren’t quite right this season, as Gary Neville claimed before the international break.
“I was at the Liverpool v Chelsea game on Saturday, and I remarked after the game – sometimes you can’t put your finger on it [but]something isn’t right,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“It’s not bad. There are no major issues with morale or the manager’s relationship with the players. That’s not the case.
“When something is correct, you can just sense it and see it. It’s just not there [today], and that team has gone a little too far.”
Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea gave them seven points from their first three Premier League games.
After the international break, Klopp’s team will restart. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”