Report: Three teenagers feature in Liverpool's 20-man Villarreal squad, Caulker omitted

Liverpool face Villarreal on Thursday night.

Liverpool have included three teenagers in their Europa League squad, which flew to Spain yesterday ahead of their semi-final clash with Villarreal.

Cameron Brannagan, 19, Sheyi Ojo, 18, and Pedro Chirivella, 18, have all travelled with the first team and will hope to make the match day squad.

20-year-old Jordon Ibe and 22-year-old Brad Smith make it a youthful group of players, although 21-year-old striker Divock Origi misses out through injury.

Mamadou Sakho is not included after missing a drugs test, but despite this, January loan signing Steven Caulker is not included.

The Liverpool Echo report this is purely a selection decision by manager Jurgen Klopp, and not due to injury. If this is the case, then it does not bode well for Caulker's chances of earning a permanent deal, which already looked slim.

Belgian international striker Christian Benteke is back involved, and has a lifeline to salvage his Liverpool career after a poor season.


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