By Emma Sanders
Most of Liverpool’s big hitters will be on international duty this week and be playing competitively for their national sides.
But a number of first teamers players will be at the club’s Melwood headquarters, where they will have the chance to impress Jurgen Klopp and his staff.
Here are three players who could take advantage and earn a starting place against Manchester United:
The attacker is well known for being a favourite of Jurgen Klopp and he was entrusted with the captain’s armband on several occasions throughout the pre-season campaign.
Ings signed for Liverpool in 2015 after an impressive spell with Burnley and made a bright start to his Reds’ career.
In six Premier League appearances, the 24 year-old scored two goals, including one at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby.
However, a serious ACL injury ended his season and he’s spent almost nine months in recovery. Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge are all on international duty so Ings will be hoping to impress Klopp in their absence.
The German midfielder has been struggling to regain match fitness after a long season with Liverpool and his national side.
However, Klopp has spoken admirably of the 22 year-old’s talents. Can emerged as a key player last season and clinched the club’s Young Player of the Year award.
With Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum on international duty and a two week break from games, Can has an opportunity to regain full fitness and will be competing for a start against Manchester United.
There’s been plenty of debate surrounding Liverpool’s two goal-keepers but Karius has got the nod ahead of Simon Mignolet in the Reds’ last two fixtures.
The 23 year-old was brought into the first team for Liverpool’s emphatic victory against Hull after recovering from a hand injury which delayed his start to the season.
Karius’ debut performance was encouraging but he produced a very nervy display against Swansea.
Klopp is unlikely to go back on his decision after just two games but Mignolet’s absence with the Belgium squad gives Karius some extra time with his manager so he should maintain his position as Liverpool’s number one.
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