Liverpool’s pre-season now sees Jurgen Klopp’s side head to the Far East, the start of a busy month of travel and training which the manager has now detailed.
A number of Reds returned to pre-season on July 4 after a well-deserved summer break after a remarkable, but trying, campaign.
There was plenty of testing to undertake before the balls were released, with Klopp’s senior players also rubbing shoulders with exciting prospects from the academy.
But they are now swapping Kirkby for Thailand on the first leg of their summer trips, which will see the remaining figures reunite at the end of their vacation.
And Klopp detailed what that will look like, with some flying with the team to the Far East on Saturday and others going their own way, with their playing time still uncertain until they are each assessed.
“The guys who came back from international [duty] now they fly tomorrow with us or some we meet directly there,” Klopp told the club’s official website.
“From that moment they are in training, but two days later we play the game, so we will see if we can give them 10 or 15 minutes or whatever.
“So for the Crystal Palace game [in Singapore]maybe a little more.
This plan will be for Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Fabinho, Mo Salah, Diogo Jota and new signing Darwin Nunez.
Returning from Singapore, Liverpool will first return to the AXA academy before heading to Austria for a training camp and their next two friendlies.
“Then we come back, have five days here and go to Austria; from Austria, pretty much straight to the Community Shield; and a week later we start the season. So it’s difficult,” Klopp explained of the Reds’ plans until the league opener.
This means Liverpool must spend up to eight days in Austria after their five days back on Merseyside, including the meeting with Salzburg (July 27), with a trip to Germany also scheduled to face RB Leipzig on July 21.
Liverpool Pre-Season Dates, 2022
4th July – First day back in Kirkby
July 9th – Fly to the Far East
11 July – Open training in Bangkok, Thailand
July 12 – Man United (Thailand), 2 p.m.
July 14th – Open training in Kallang, Singapore
July 15th – Crystal Palace (Singapore), 1:35 p.m.
July 16 – Leaving the Far East – back to Liverpool
July 21 – RB Leipzig (Germany), 6:15 p.m.
July 27 – Red Bull Salzburg (Austria), 7 p.m.
July 30 – Man City (Community Shield), 5 p.m.
July 31 – Strasbourg (Anfield), 7:30 p.m.
August 6 – Premier League start – Fulham (A), 12:30 p.m.
* Every hour BST.