The new Liverpool XI to face Bologna

Liverpool have named their XI for their second friendly of the season in Bologno, the Italian club announced.

Mario Balotelli will captain the side for the first time, replacing the injured Jordon Ibe, while Daniel Sturridge will miss the game due to a calf injury.

Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling, Lucas Leiva and Lucas Perez will all be unavailable.

Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez have been left out of the squad due to the World Cup.

The Reds have been without the services of captain Lucas Leiga, captain Daniel Sturze and defender Alberto Moreno, while goalkeeper Philippe Coutinho has also been ruled out.

The match will be the first of three in Bognor Regis, the capital of Italy, on August 3, when the Reds face Lazio.