Report: Liverpool international stars' return dates revealed


Report: Liverpool international stars' return dates revealed

The dates on which the international contingent will return to Liverpool pre-season have been revealed.

The Reds’ first-team squad is currently in Austria on a pre-season training camp.

There are 34 players in Salzburg at the moment. However, there are still 10 individuals yet to join up with the squad.

This is because of their involvement in international tournaments throughout the summer.

The Athletic has revealed when each of these players are expected to return to training with their club.

They will have at least three weeks of holidays between their last international game and their return.

Some will be heading out to Austria, while some will not partake in the foreign camp at all.

The first three due back are Andy Robertson, Neco Williams and Harry Wilson. After getting knocked out of the Euros in the group stage, the trio are expected to join up with the squad next week.

Diogo Jota will be next a few days later, having made it to the last-16 stage.

Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to return around July 23, having made the quarter-finals, with Thiago due back four days later after reaching the semis.

Finally, Jordan Henderson, Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino should all be back the week of August 2 after reaching the finals of Euro 2020 and the Copa America respectively.

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This news means that every player will be back well before the first game of the season.

Liverpool travel to Norwich on Saturday, August 14. So, the players should all get at least two weeks of training in before then.

Whether Jurgen Klopp reckons that this is enough for the last quartet to play that game is unknown at the moment.

We know that the squad will be in Austria until at least July 29. They will play a friendly against Hertha Berlin in Innsbruck on that date.

It has not been announced whether there will be more friendly games played after this. If we had to guess, we reckon that there will be at least one more pre-season game before August 14, probably at Anfield.

So, Henderson, Alisson, Fabinho and Firmino are unlikely to step foot in Austria this summer. The question is whether they will get at least one game in before the match at Carrow Road.

If not, then we cannot see them starting that first Premier League fixture, Alisson aside.

The manager is big on ensuring that all players are 100% match fit before being thrown into an intense game.

So, apart from the four finalists, everyone else should be good to go, which will be a relief to Liverpool’s fans and management.

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