The Liverpool squad are set to play the first game of their pre-season tour, as they take on Thai All Stars in Bangkok on Tuesday before moving on to Austria for friendlies against A-League sides Brisbane Roar and Adelaide United on July 17 and 20 respectively.
Among those who have travelled to Thailand, Australia and Malaysia are new signings James Milner, Joe Gomez, Adam Bogdan and Danny Ings. The Asian fans will also get a first look at youngster Divock Origi who was bought last summer but immediately loaned back to French side Lille.
Aside from those more senior members of the squad, Brendan Rodgers has taken a number of academy members along for the tour.
Ryan Fulton, 19 – goalkeeper
The Scottish youth international played seven times in Liverpool’s successful Under-21 campaign where they finished second in the Under-21 Premier League, falling just four points short of champions Manchester United. Fulton has been in the academy ranks since the Under-10s and kept three clean sheets last season.
Daniel Cleary, 19 – centre-back
The 19-year old joined the Reds in 2011 from Irish side Crumlin United. Cleary can play on either left or right side of the centre-back position. He is known for his aggressive defensive play and is renowned around academy football for being a ball-playing defender. Cleary featured 17 times for Under-21s manager Michael Beale last season.
Joe Maguire, 19 – left-back
This year, Maguire entered his tenth year with the Reds. He has adopted the modern full-back role of running up and down the wings, causing problems for the opposition and has the delivery to match his blistering runs down the flanks. Last season he was a regular in Liverpool’s Under-21 campaign – only missing three games. In his 19 outings, he assisted four times – two of them coming in the Reds’ 4-3 loss to Manchester City in September.
Pedro Chirivella, 18 – central midfielder
Chirivella is entering his second season with the Reds following his move from Valencia for £1.6m. The Spaniard grew up idolising Zinedine Zidane. He learnt his trade at the Valencia academy where the likes of David Silva, David Villa and Juan Mata learned the ropes. Pedro has pinpoint vision and starts the play from his holding midfield role and he uses his fine passing attributes to the young Reds’ advantage. He featured seven times in the last season, collecting 482 minutes under his belt.
Jordan Rossister, 18 – central midfielder
Rossiter is a hot prospect at the academy. Jordan signed a professional contract on his 17th birthday and scored on his debut against Middlesbrough in the League Cup. He featured on the first team bench twice last season and is regularly included in the first team’s training sessions. Rossiter has been likened to Gerrard with his extensive passing range.
João Carlos Teixeira, 22 – attacking midfielder
The flamboyant midfielder arrived on Merseyside in February 2012 following his move from Sporting Lisbon. Often compared to Deco, the Portuguese youngster has been on loan spells to Brentford and most recently Brighton, where his loan was cut short due to fracturing his foot in April. Teixeira made his Liverpool debut last February, as a substitute against Fulham.
Sheyi Ojo, 18 – winger
Ojo spent the end of last season at Wigan – who were eventually relegated to League One – but the 18-year old was a stand-out player for the Latics despite the turmoil at the club. Prior to his loan he made 11 appearances in the Under-21 Premier League, scoring four goals. With the imminent departure of Raheem Sterling, Ojo will look to make a name for himself during this tour of Asia and hope to make his debut for the Reds in this coming Premier League campaign.
Harry Wilson, 18 – winger
Like Ojo, Harry Wilson will be knocking on the door for a first team place as well as carrying on his rich vein of form from last season. He played 18 times in the Under-21 Premier League last season, scoring six and assisting four times. Wilson scored the winning goal in the UEFA Youth League as Liverpool defied the odds and beat Real Madrid 3-2. Despite not making his first-team debut for the Reds, his brilliant academy form resulted in him making his Wales debut against Belgium in October 2013 – becoming the national side’s youngest ever player at 16 years and 208 days.