Liverpool Updates Toronto Squad
Photo: Gerrard out, Carragher remains in as WFC & Liverpool update squad (Getty)
Liverpool FC on Friday announced the players that have traveled to Toronto for Saturday’s friendly match against Toronto FC in the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge at Rogers Centre. Kick-off is at 4 p.m. ET.
Unfortunately due to FIFA regulations surrounding mandatory vacation dates post-international tournaments, Liverpool’s squad in Toronto will not feature internationals Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Martin Kelly, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll, Pepe Reina and Fabio Borini, who all took part in last month’s UEFA European Championship.
England internationals Gerrard, Johnson, Kelly, Henderson, Downing, Carroll and Italian international Borini will join the LFC tour in the U.S. next week for the team’s games against AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.
Liverpool won their first trophy since 2006 by defeating Cardiff City in the Carling Cup final last season. The Reds were also finalists in the FA Cup where they fell to Chelsea. Liverpool is led by manager Brendan Rodgers, who joined the club from Swansea City earlier this summer.
Following the match against Toronto FC, Liverpool will play in two more friendlies on North American soil. On July 25, Liverpool will meet Italian side AS Roma at Fenway Park in Boston, then on July 28 they will face English Barclays Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. More information on the 2012 Herbalife World Football Challenge can be found on the event’s official website www.worldfootballchallengecom.
LIVERPOOL FC SQUAD:
Goalkeepers: Peter Gulacsi, Brad Jones, Daniel Ward
Defenders: Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher, Jon Flanagan, Jack Robinson, Jose Enrique, Martin Skrtel, Danny Wilson,Stephen Sama, Brad Smith, Andre Wisdom, Ryan McLaughlin
Midfielders: Charlie Adam, Alberto Aquilani, Joe Cole, Lucas Leiva, Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing, Raheem Sterling,
Forwards: Daniel Pacheco, Krisztian Adorjan, Nathan Eccleston, Suso, Jordon Ibe, Adam Morgan
An earlier version of this squad list that included Liverpool's England internationals and Fabio Borini was forwarded to TorontoFC.ca by the World Football Challenge and Liverpool FC. This list was posted on TorontoFC.ca and MLSsoccer.com - here - on July 18.