Brendan Rodgers names Norway squad with one big name missing…

Brendan Rodgers

Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson have all been omitted but there's one other glaring absentee.

In order to help Norwegian club Valerenga celebrate their centenary, Liverpool travel to the Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo to take part in a 'landmark fixture'. However, one player who will not make the trip is unsettled Uruguayan ace Luis Suarez, who has been left out 'as a precaution'.

The full squad is as follows:

Jones, Enrique, Toure, Alberto, Gerrard, Aspas, Coutinho, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Spearing, Lucas, Mignolet, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Kelly, Flanagan, Ibe, Wisdom.

A statement on the club's official website read: 'Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson will not travel as a precaution after picking up knocks. Luis Suarez will also remain on Merseyside as a precaution following an injury in training yesterday. He will undergo a scan on his foot later today.'

Suarez has been at the centre of one of the most protracted transfer sagas of the summer, with Arsenal tabling two bids, both rejected by Liverpool, yet one of which was supposed to trigger a mandatory release clause.

Liverpool have thus far been defiant in their stance, however, a fee in excess of £50m is expected to make the club change their minds.

As for Valerenga, Pal Breen, the club's CEO is delighted to welcome the squad to Oslo. He said: 'We have established a very good connection with Liverpool FC over the years. Liverpool is a huge club with a large following in Norway and this will be a large happening for those with both blue and red hearts.'

Liverpool and Valerenga have twice met in the past five years. In 2008, the Reds beat the Scandinavian side 4-1, while a 2011 trip attracted a 3-3 tie. Both matches were non-competitive and part of the pre-season schedule.

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