Liverpool have confirmed they will take a near full-strength squad to Qatar for the Club World Cup later this month, with Caoimhín Kelleher staying behind to play in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

The FIFA tournament clashes with a quarter-final against Aston Villa, which is being played 24 hours before their opening match in Doha, and there had been some debate about whether the squad would be split.

Jurgen Klopp has instead opted to bring a near full-strength side to Qatar, with the one compromise in the squad coming in the form of Irish goalkeeper Kelleher will remain behind to play in goal against Villa in that cup quarter-final.

Kelleher is ahead of Andy Lonergan in the Liverpool pecking order but will line out for Liverpool against Villa in a side managed by under-23's coach Neil Critchley.

The Irish goalkeeper has been linked with a January loan move in order to gain more first team experience. 

The 23-man squad Liverpool have named for the Club World Cup is missing only Joel Matip and Fabinho, both currently out injured, of its senior players. It also includes youngsters Rhian Brewster, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams as well as fourth-choice goalkeeper Lonergan.

Ill or injured players can be replaced up to 24 hours before Liverpool's first match on December 18.

Liverpool Club World Cup squad: Alisson, Adrian, Lonergan, Alexander-Arnold, Williams, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Gomez, Milner, Keita, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Shaqiri, Brewster, Origi, Jones, Elliott.

 Xherdan Shaqiri scored Liverpool's second goal against Everton

Meanwhile, Xherdan Shaqiri is looking forward to playing a significant part in Liverpool's season having spent most of 2019 watching from the sidelines.

The Switzerland international made his first Premier League start since January - and his first start in any match since the 4-0 Champions League semi-final second leg comeback against Barcelona in May - in the 5-2 Merseyside derby victory on Wednesday.

Shaqiri fell out of favour with Jurgen Klopp in the second half of last season, making just 10 appearances from the turn of the year, and a calf injury in the first few months of this campaign restricted him to just 25 minutes of action.

However, with the manager looking to rest key players, Shaqiri was one of five changes against Everton and he responded with a goal.

"I think for everyone it's good to come back, for me especially when I've been injured for a few weeks," he said.

"I've been injured (but) thank God I don't have knee problems or something. I had some muscle problems so I just needed a few weeks to recover well.

"I worked very hard in training and when I was injured with the physios and the fitness coaches to come back.

"Everybody knows that it's a busy period now with a lot of games coming up, (so) I'm very happy to be back. I'm feeling fresh, feeling good, and I think you saw that.

"I'm ready, I think the coach saw that too in training. I trained very well and he gave me the chance and I think I played very well.

"At the end of the day it's important to win games with my team, we won it as a team, and obviously when I can contribute it's always good. Let's hope for more games."