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Liverpool training camp in La Manga: Five players who must impress

Jurgen Klopp is making the most of Liverpool's absence from the FA Cup. The Reds are in the south-east of Spain at a four-day warm-weather training camp and, in the eyes of the Liverpool manager, this break is seen as another "preseason" with the team not due to return to action until Feb. 27.

Double training sessions are on the agenda as Klopp looks to get his Liverpool side in fine shape for the back end of the Premier League campaign.

ESPN FC takes a look at five players with a point to prove in La Manga.

Daniel Sturridge

The striker has endured a miserable season, making just nine starts in total and only scoring two league goals. Sturridge's lack of game-time has raised serious question marks as to whether he will be at Anfield at the start of next season.

However, the trip to Spain provides the 27-year-old with the opportunity to prove to Klopp that there is still life left in his Liverpool career. The Reds boss does not believe Sturridge has lost his blistering pace as a result of numerous injuries, more that the player does not quite trust his body at the moment.

It seems unlikely that the England international will be able to shift either Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino out of the starting XI, but he can show that he can be a more-than useful option on the substitutes' bench, which has not been the case of late.

Loris Karius

Before the recent win over Tottenham Hotspur, Klopp conceded that he had made no decision on who would start in goal following a recent poor run of form from Simon Mignolet.

Mignolet kept his place for the Spurs game and made a crucial save at 2-0 to justify his selection. However, Karius is pushing the Belgian extremely hard for the No. 1 jersey.

After a troubling start to his Liverpool career following a summer move from Mainz, Karius has impressed during his recent outings in the cup competitions, and the camp at La Manga gives him another opportunity to show Klopp just how much he has improved following his demotion in early December.

Emre Can

This has been a testing time for the Germany international, who recently admitted that it has been hard to block out the critics.

Can has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism for his style of play, which is said to slow Liverpool down in an attacking sense.

Going off performances this season, Georginio Wijnaldum looks like the player best suited to partnering Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson in central midfield. It is up to Can to prove he can adapt to Klopp's quick play in the final third, especially with negotiations regarding a new contract at the Reds still taking place.

Can has yet to show his full potential at Liverpool.

Sheyi Ojo

Following a lower-back stress fracture suffered in the summer, the winger has failed to recapture the form he showed when he burst onto the scene towards the end of last season.

Ojo made 11 first-team appearances during the 2015-16 campaign, but has only featured twice so far this term.

Klopp stressed the importance of patience with the 19-year-old as he recovered from a delicate injury, with Ojo spending the majority of his time working with the under-23s recently.

The former MK Dons trainee has serious pace and could be a useful player for Klopp to utilise as, Mane aside, Liverpool are short in the speed department.

Yan Dhanda

The young forward has been rewarded for his excellent performances in the under-18s side this season with a place on the trip.

Dhana moved to Liverpool's academy as an U-15s player from West Bromwich Albion before becoming the club's first player of Indian heritage to sign a professional contract back in December 2015.

The England youth international suffered an injury towards the end of last season which halted his progress, but he has since returned better than ever for Neil Critchley's team.

He can also work on his penalty-kick technique in Spain, having missed three this season, including two in one game against Wolverhampton Wanderers back in November.

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.


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