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Liverpool round-up: Champions League squad confirmed; Markovic could depart; Rodgers discusses “draining” spell

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There have been some surprises as Liverpool confirmed their squad for the group stages of the Champions League, as UEFA revealed the list of players included. In a shock move, right-back Nathaniel Clyne has been left out as he seeks to overcome ongoing injury issues with no return date yet set.

Philippe Coutinho has been included despite ongoing speculation about his future, whilst youngsters like Ben Woodburn, Rhian Brewster, Cameron Brannagan and Ovie Ejaria have also been included to help fulfill the homegrown quota required for the competition.

One player left out was winger Lazar Markovic, and Turkish newspaper Turkiye report that he could return to former club Fenerbahce for a second loan spell with the Turkish transfer window still open. They are reportedly hoping to take him back to Turkey with no chance of Liverpool game time.

Markovic is clearly not in Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the coming season, but the Reds will still be hoping to shift him on a permanent basis rather than yet another loan spell. After failing to earn a permanent move despite an impressive loan spell at Hull last season, their chances could be low.

Markovic’s signing was one of the biggest mistakes of the Brendan Rodgers era, and the now Celtic boss has spoken about his time at Anfield, describing the atmosphere as manager of the club. Rodgers is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying:

“I came as close as anyone there to the holy grail of winning the league. That season, with the fans, it was special… When I came out of Liverpool I needed a break. It was so intense. It was draining. We moved to London just to come away from it… But I had come out of one of the biggest institutions in the world and I had to find that pressure again. I’ve got that now. With Liverpool you can go away from home and draw and that’s OK. But Celtic, you have to win every game. It’s a different pressure.”

Such comments are only likely to frustrate Liverpool fans, many of whom were furious when Rodgers decided to drop several key players like Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho for a visit to the Bernabeu in the Champions League in 2014.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Liverpool missing out on Yerry Mina looks a mistake after World Cup showing

Liverpool had been linked with a loan move for Mina but he looks set for Real Betis.

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Earlier this summer Liverpool were linked with the loan move of Barcelona defender Yerry Mina. Back in May, it seemed as though he was definitely Anfield bound. As reported by talkSPORT, a TV presenter in Spain had suggested his loan move to Liverpool for the season was done.

That, of course, did not prove to be the case. Now, it is suggested the Liverpool target is going elsewhere. The Colombian is, according to reports, off to Real Betis. As reported by El Desmarque, the La Liga side are on the cusp of completing a loan deal for the player which will include an option to buy at the end of the season.

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Based on the evidence of last night at the World Cup, Liverpool are definitely missing out.

Mina, who cost Barca £10.5 million in January, put in a fantastic display for Colombia against Poland in Russia yesterday. Brought in to replace Valencia’s Jeison Murillo the youngster formed a fantastic partnership with Tottenham Hotspur youngster Davinson Sanchez at the heart of defence for Colombia.

Fast, strong and imposing in the air the 23-year-old looked every inch the Premier League defender.

He even found his way onto the scoresheet. He excellently nodded home James Rodriguez’s beautiful lofted cross to give Colombia the lead.

What Liverpool fans saw was the perfect option to provide a challenge to Dejan Lovren for the partnership with Virgil van Dijk. Unfortunately, it seems he will be heading elsewhere.

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Fans still divided on Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson despite excellent England showing

Jordan Henderson was excellent for England again but the Liverpool man struggles to win over fans.

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There are always players among the England national team that seem to divide opinion. Right now, Jordan Henderson appears to be that player. The Liverpool captain is continuously criticised for his performances by fans of both England and Liverpool.

The main criticism is that Henderson is too negative. He is always looking to play the ball backwards or sideways and never forward. Henderson is limited in ability, negative in style and a waste of a shirt number. That is often the criticism.

Others completely disagree. Henderson is the pendulum of the Liverpool and England team. He sets a tempo from midfield and is always available as an out ball. He does play forward passes, often in behind defences to test them and move territory into the opposition third.

These are the fans who believe Henderson has come on leaps and bounds under Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage at Liverpool.

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Based on his form so far at the World Cup, those people are right. Henderson was brilliant against Tunisia in the opening game. He was even better today, as England swept aside Panama 6-1.

Henderson put in a fantastic display for 90 minutes, covering more ground than any other player in sizzling heat. He was often positive in his passing and showed his natural leadership qualities, even if Harry Kane wears the armband.

But once again, fans are divided. It seems Henderson may always be ‘that’ player for England. The easy one to blame, the scapegoat.

Unless he can carry on his excellent form and bring ‘it’ home. Then fans will have to love the Liverpool star…

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Liverpool should be glad to have missed out on goalkeeper Andriy Lunin

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After Champions League final calamity, the general consensus seemed to be that Liverpool would target a goalkeeper as one of their top priorities this summer. To date, that has not proven to be the case.

The Mirror say that the Reds made a last ditch attempt to sign 19-year-old Andriy Lunin from Zorya Luhansk, only for the Ukrainian international to instead go ahead and join, of all people, the side who so cruelly highlighted Lorius Karius’ weaknesses in the Champions League final in Kiev – Real Madrid.

Liverpool fans may be left cursing their luck at missing out on a target, but they should be seeing the missed opportunity as a blessing in disguise.

There can be no doubt that Lunin is a talented player. After all, an international with two years of first team experience yet to celebrate his 20th birthday is a rare find.

A dominant presence in the box and accomplished with the ball at his feet, Lunin has many attributes to become one of the best around in only a short while.

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But the truth is that Liverpool need an improvement in goal immediately. Lunin lacks the experience or the quality to do that, so it is hard to see what role he would have if he had moved to Anfield this summer.

One option is that he would have served as back-up, potentially replacing Simon Mignolet, and playing cup competitions whilst Loris Karius remains number one until Lunin is ready. Whilst a nice idea, it does not resolve a problem position for at least another two to three seasons and Karius’ Liverpool career could be in a vastly different position in that time.

Equally, with Karius, Mignolet, Danny Ward and even Adam Bogdan all under contract, it is hard to imagine that the Reds would bring Lunin in alongside another goalkeeper to act as a new number one. If so, it would be some substantial turnaround, the kind that Jurgen Klopp has been keen to avoid.

Now, Liverpool fans may feel disappointed to have missed out, but if it brings a stark improvement in goal come the end of the transfer window in August, it could well be worth the wait.

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