Liverpool’s Spanish training camp continues today, with the players set for multiple sessions in addition to a number of team building exercises in La Manga on the Mediterranean coast. The camp will continue through the weekend before the team head back to Liverpool to prepare for Leicester City.
All the fit first teamers are in Spain, including players like Sheyi Ojo and Joe Gomez who are currently working their way back into the mix following extended layoffs, and young squad players like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kevin Stewart. Dejan Lovren, dealing with a knee injury, stayed behind.
Meanwhile, a few true youth players have also been included, players who have made a small handful of appearances at most. Ben Woodburn, Connor Randall, Harry Wilson, Conor Masterson, and Yan Dhanda are all part of Jürgen Klopp’s mid-season La Manga training camp this week.
It gives some insight into who the Liverpool manager sees as the club’s most promising or necessary youngsters at the moment, and the inclusion of the likes of Woodburn, Randall, and Wilson is no surprise. Most fans, though, will likely be less certain of Masterson and Dhanda.
Conor Masterson is an Irish-born centre half and captain of the club’s U18 side, having joined the academy five years ago from Lucan United in a million Euro deal. Dhanda is an 18-year-old, Brimingham-born attacker of Indian descent. He was signed from West Brom in 2013 for £200k.
Liverpool’s three first team players dealing with long-term injuries—Danny Ings, Marko Grujic, and Ovie Ejaria—like Lovren remained in Liverpool to continue their rehabilitations.