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Liverpool Send Six Youth Players Back to England

A nearly fully squad travelling to France to continue pre-season training meant the end of the road for a number of youth players.

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With just two weeks left until the kickoff of the 2021-22 Premier League season, Liverpool have shifted their training camp to Evian, France, and welcomed back the Brazilian trio of Roberto Firmino, Fabinho Tavares, and Alisson Becker.

The downside to closing in on the season opener and a return of all the senior players, with just Jordan Henderson left to return, is that for a number of younger players it’s the end of their time training with the first team for another summer.

“With Fabinho, Roberto, and Ali arriving, this means that a few our young players go back [to Liverpool] while we are travelling to Evian,” noted assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders. “They made a good impression, on and off the pitch.

“We had a good meeting with them explaining the decision and looking back. They shouldn’t see it as a negative, they are all in different moments of their development, and making a place for Roberto, Ali and Fabinho isn’t a shame.”

It has since been confirmed that Conor Bradley, Jake Cain, Harvey Davies, Billy Koumetio, Tyler Morton, and Mateusz Musialowski, with the six young players not present at Liverpool’s first training sessions in France following their move.

Of the six, midfielder Morton saw the most game action with Koumetio, Cain, and Bradley also appearing. A number of youth players, including left back Owen Beck and attacker Kaide Gordon, continue to train with the first team.