Liverpool have several internationals still to join their pre-season in Austria. So when do the Euro 2020 and Copa America crew link up with the Reds?
Liverpool have given their tournament internationals a minimum of three weeks holiday this summer ahead of pre-season, per the Athletic. And given their countries exited their respective competitions at different stages, it means arrival dates for pre-season are staggered.
So when exactly could we see them join the rest of the Liverpool players in pre-season?
Harry Wilson, Neco Williams (Wales), Diogo Jota (Portugal).
Both Wales and Portugal exited Euro 2020 at the first knockout stage. As a result, these three could be back as soon as Monday.
Though, they’d all arrive in very different scenarios. Wilson, for instance, almost certainly doesn’t have a place in the squad next season. He’ll join the rest of the players but Liverpool don’t have a long-term future for him.
Similarly, Williams may not be around for long. He reportedly wants a move away as he desires first-team football. He, too, could only be with the squad temporarily.
Jota is different, of course. He’ll be at the club next season in a prominent role.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)
Shaqiri is another one who may not be around for all that long. The Liverpool Echo claims the Reds would accept around £13m for the Swiss, with Lazio monitoring things.
So there’s a chance Shaqiri stays but we’d imagine someone pays that fee. Especially after a very impressive Euro 2020.
What a big pre-season for Thiago. We were so impressed with his performances towards the end of last season and see big things ahead for him.
Euro 2020 certainly didn’t go the way Thiago planned, with him rarely playing. Still, we’re backing him to have a great season after what will be his first pre-season with Liverpool.
Jordan Henderson (England), Alisson, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino (Brazil)
Liverpool’s finalists – though, none of them were successful this summer. And it goes without saying but all four of them will play vital roles next season.
The one question mark here is Henderson, though. He didn’t play from February through June and wasn’t a starter at the Euros.
We do wonder about his fitness levels, then. Perhaps he’ll get a little longer before returning? Maybe Liverpool will even bring him back sooner. Managing the captain will be a test and one of the biggest in pre-season.