Jurgen Klopp ready to welcome stars back


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Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker will return for pre-season ahead of Liverpool’s summer training camp in France.

The trio were allowed an extended break following international commitments this summer and will be back with their team-mates in time for the Community Shield clash against Manchester City at Wembley next month. Firmino and Alisson helped Brazil win the Copa America title earlier this month, while Salah featured for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.

“Mo and the Brazilians will come for Evian,” Klopp told the club’s website. “It means then we have nearly a week until City [in the Community Shield], a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the Super Cup].”

While Klopp admits it isn’t his preference to have his squad returning in a staggered fashion, the Reds boss concedes it would make “no sense” to ask them to come back sooner. “We have to see. The good thing is when you have a short break you don’t lose a lot.

They needed three weeks and so we told them [to take it], but they train now again already,” added the Anfield boss. “I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week but that would make absolutely no sense! So [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season.”

Sadio Mane is set to be the final piece in the Liverpool jigsaw as he will contest the Africa Cup of Nations final with Senegal against Algeria on Friday. Senegal are 2.75 to win, with Algeria 2.88. The draw is priced at 2.88.

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