By Dominic Toner

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confesses that his squad will have to be trimmed before the start of the new season.

There are currently 38 players on the books at the club and the German manager told the Liverpool Echo his plans to reduce the squad.

“All the players who came back from loans are in the squad for the moment, but we have to see,” Klopp said.

“My job is to give them the best training that I can, and at the end we have to make decision. We have 38 players at the moment, and that is 100% too much.”

The Merseyside club got their pre-season programme underway with a 1-0 victory over Tranmere rovers on Friday, courtesy of a Danny Ings second-half goal.

Forward Mario Balotelli was omitted from the friendly squad, alongside midfielder Jordan Ibe ahead of his proposed £15million move to Premier League side Bournemouth.

Liverpool have already parted ways with Kolo Toure, Jose Enrique, Jerome Sinclair and Jordan Rossiter.

However Klopp has been busy in the transfer window securing Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic whose £5million transfer was agreed in January.

The 49-year-old manager did state he was keen to give all of the squad a good pre-season, so if they move to another club they are as fit as possible.

As Liverpool edge closer to the signing of a Brazilian forward, it appears that a large number of players will be exiting Anfield during the remainder of the transfer window.

In other Liverpool news, Klopp has shared how the club will develop a brilliant new generation of young stars.