Liverpool squad fly out to Singapore as they begin life without Jordan Henderson… with Fabinho absent due to his expected Saudi move while Thiago Alcantara also misses the pre-season tour

Liverpool squad fly out to Singapore as they begin life without Jordan Henderson… with Fabinho absent due to his expected Saudi move while Thiago Alcantara also misses the pre-season tour

  • Liverpool fly to Singapore with Jordan Henderson who has left the club for £12m
  • Fabinho is to join Henderson in the Saudi Pro League and is not part of the squad
  • The Reds are also missing two midfielders due to injuries for the pre-season tour 

Liverpool’s squad was missing some notable names as they fly out for their pre-season tour of Singapore.

Jurgen Klopp’s side went into the summer knowing there was going to be a revamp in midfield – but not quite to the extent that is taking place.

Their trip to Singapore comes without an official captain in their squad, after Jordan Henderson’s £12m deal to join Steven Gerrard at Al-Ettifaq was announced on Thursday morning.  

Klopp will soon be expected to name a new captain after Henderson made the move to Saudi Arabia on a staggering £700,000-a-week deal – making him the highest paid England player of all time. 

The Reds look set to lose another of their midfield stalwarts in Fabinho, who has also not made the trip.

Liverpool are flying out to Singapore ahead of pre-season games with Leicester and Bayern Munich

Jurgen Klopp will be short of midfield options due to players leaving the club or injuries

Jurgen Klopp will be short of midfield options due to players leaving the club or injuries

Jordan Henderson (left) has signed for Al-Ettifaq while Fabinho (right) is awaiting confirmation of a £40m move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad

Jordan Henderson (left) has signed for Al-Ettifaq while Fabinho (right) is awaiting confirmation of a £40m move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad

Henderson has reunited with former Liverpool team mate Steven Gerrard at the Saudi side

Henderson has reunited with former Liverpool team mate Steven Gerrard at the Saudi side

The Reds are also without Thiago Alcantara (pictured) and Stefan Bajcetic due to injuries

The Reds are also without Thiago Alcantara (pictured) and Stefan Bajcetic due to injuries

His absence was expected as he is awaiting confirmation of a £40m move to Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad.

Their departures mean Klopp will be determined to sign another midfielder this summer, following the arrivals of Alexis Mac Allister from Brighton and Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Leipzig.

However, they will be light on midfielders for their tour of Singapore as both Thiago Alcantara and youngster Stefan Bajcetic have also not made the trip.

The pair, who did travel to Liverpool’s camp in Germany, have been given more time to recover from their respective injuries – with Thiago struggling with a hip issue and Bajcetic an adductor problem. 

Virgil van Dijk is one of the favourites to replace Henderson as Liverpool's new captain

Virgil van Dijk is one of the favourites to replace Henderson as Liverpool’s new captain

The players seemed in good spirits despite the departure of Henderson, with Trent Alexander-Arnold seen sharing a joke with back-up left-back Kostas Tsimikas

The players seemed in good spirits despite the departure of Henderson, with Trent Alexander-Arnold seen sharing a joke with back-up left-back Kostas Tsimikas 

Andy Robertson in conversation with Joe Gomez - who replaces Henderson as Liverpool's longest serving player

Andy Robertson in conversation with Joe Gomez – who replaces Henderson as Liverpool’s longest serving player

It leaves Klopp short of options as they face relegated Leicester and Bayern Munich in Singapore. 

The Reds are set to make an improved offer for Southampton’s Romeo Lavia after having a £38m bid rejected.

They are preparing a revised offer of up to £45m for the 19-year-old midfielder, who otherwise could be looking at a year in the Championship with Southampton. 

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