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Jordan Henderson and Van Dijk pose together ahead of Liverpool return

Jordan Henderson posted an Instagram picture which featured the Liverpool skipper posing alongside Virgil van Dijk ahead of Liverpool’s return to training today.

Preparations for the 2020/21 season have been congested due to the three-month suspension of football following the events of the ongoing global pandemic.

With that said, Liverpool have been forced to return to first-team action just three weeks after their final Premier League match of the season against Newcastle United last month.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool passes Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool the captains arm band during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Liverpool FC at Turf Moor on August 31, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

It comes just two weeks before the English champions’ FA Community Shield clash with Arsenal on August 29.

The Premier League itself is due to restart on September 12 while transfer window has been confirmed to close 17:00 BST on 16 October.

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The window will have been open for 10 weeks at the end of the current Premier League season, starting on 27 July and ending on 5 October.

Following consultation with the EFL, a domestic only window has been implemented from 5 October, closing 17:00 BST on 16 October.

Ahead of the return, both Van Dijk and Henderson were recorded training together ahead of the team’s return to first-team action.

The Liverpool skipper filmed the big Dutchman on his Instagram story being put through his paces on the treadmill as Van Dijk looks to get back up to speed following a well deserved three weeks off.

Closed-door friendlies are expected to the norm in the coming fortnight for Liverpool with Tranmere a likely option having been opponents in each of the last four pre-seasons, and could be called upon again.

Bury, Fleetwood, Chester, Wigan and Blackburn have also be considered.

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