Vermaelen, Munir and Alcácer omitted for Barcelona's league opener against Alavés

Valverde announced the squad for Saturday's game. Coutinho, Arthur, Vidal and Malcom make the 18-man list but three players whose futures are in doubt were left out.

Valverde en la presentación.

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde included all four of the club's summer arrivals in his squad for the first game of the 2018-19 season. Defender Clément Lenglet, midfielders Arthur Melo and Arturo Vidal and forward Malcom Filipe de Oliveira are included in the list for Saturday's home game against Alavés.

There were no major surprises in Valverde's squad list - midfield pair Denis Suárez and Carles Aleñá remain out injured while Thomas Vermaelen, Sergi SamperMunir El Haddadi and Paco Alcácer were not icluded for technical decision. Neither did the coach decided to list two B team players who impressed during the pre-season: Juan Miranda and Riqui Puig.

Luis Suarez and Coutinho in today's session.

Barcelona squad for the Alavés game:

Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Sergi Roberto, Semedo, Jordi Alba, Piqué, Lenglet, Umtiti, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Rafinha, Arturo Vidal, Coutinho, Dembélé, Malcom, Messi and Luis Suárez.