Liverpool have trimmed their pre-season squad down this weekend, as a handful of young players have been sent back to Kirkby instead of making their way to Evian.
The Reds began pre-season with a 34-man squad, which was subject to a number of changes throughout the course of three weeks in Austria.
Marko Grujic, Taiwo Awoniyi and Harry Wilson all came and went as they joined new clubs, while Ben Davies has returned to the UK and Neco Williams, Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Thiago have rejoined the group.
The Brazilian trio were given three weeks off after the Copa America final – which brought defeat to Argentina in Rio de Janeiro – but will now look to get up to speed with less than a fortnight to go until the Premier League opener.
“With Fabinho, Roberto and Ali arriving, this means that a few our young players go back to the AXA Training Centre while we are travelling to Evian,” assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders has confirmed.
It is unclear which players have left, but if it is a like-for-like swap it stands to reason that any of Harvey Davies, Marcelo Pitaluga, Jake Cain, Ben Woodburn, Tyler Morton and Mateusz Musialowski could have made way.
However, there is a case to argue that due to an increase in senior full-back options both Conor Bradley and Owen Beck would benefit from returning to the under-23s.
Bradley was touted as replacement for Neco Williams if the Welshman pushed for the exit, but so far the young right-back has played just 45 minutes this summer.
“They made a good impression, on and off the pitch,” Lijnders told the club’s official website.
“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.”
After the two 60-minute friendlies against Bologna on Thursday, Liverpool will head back to Merseyside for back-to-back clashes with Athletic Club (August 8) and Osasuna (August 9) at Anfield.