Jurgen Klopp’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will all have shortened pre-season regimes due to their extended international commitments this summer.
Salah made it to the Round of 16 of the AFCON before Egypt was eliminated, Firmino won the Copa America with Brazil and Sadio Mane is still at Africa’s biggest tournament as Senegal have made it to the semi-final and could still progress to the final.
Due to their action-packed summers, Klopp is unlikely to be able to field all three if any on the first day of the Premier League season against Norwich City.
Klopp told the press: “It is a difficult preseason for us – Sadio is in the semi-final, which means he has two more games and will come late. The Brazilians have finally finished a 13-month season.
“We will not have a pre-season together, only just a week before we start the games. We looked tonight like we can find some solutions. It was a good sign for us, but we have to be better than last season.”
Divock Origi showed that Liverpool were right to hand him a new contract as he scored a wonderful goal against Tranmere and seems destined to start up front for the Reds when the season starts.
Rhian Brewster was clinical as he scored two poacher’s goals to open his pre-season account in style and he could start up front alongside Origi if necessary but it might be too much pressure for the young forward.
Klopp needs to find a solution to his striker conundrum soon and signing Nicolas Pepe isn’t necessarily the solution because the Ivorian has just ended his AFCON tournament after his side lost to Algeria on penalties.
The Lille forward would also arrive late to pre-season if the Reds did surprise fans by signing him so it seems as though Klopp will need to find an internal solution.