Neither Caoimhin Kelleher nor Calvin Ramsay have traveled with the Liverpool squad for their Asia tour but Jurgen Klopp expects the pair to return soon.
The Reds are now back from their time in Thailand and Singapore, with a brief return to Merseyside planned before heading to Austria for a training camp.
A 37-man squad flew to Asia but were missing Kelleher, Ramsay and young winger Kaide Gordon, with the trio not risking the trip due to injury.
No details were given in relation to their fitness concerns, but after revealing Ramsay’s injury at the start of pre-season training, the manager insisted “it won’t take too long of time”.
Liverpool are back with three new injuries for Alisson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diogo Jota, while Joe Gomez, Tom Hill and Melkamu Frauendorf all missed the 2-0 friendly win over Crystal Palace.
Gomez, Hill and Frauendorf are all set to return imminently, and Kelleher and Ramsay are likely to find themselves in this bracket as well.
Asked about their fitness at his post-match press conference on Friday, Klopp could not give a specific timeline for their recovery but confirmed they would be back with the squad during pre-season. .
“No no No. They will join the group, of course. There is no doubt about that,” he said when asked if they would need more time.
“The time frame, I don’t know exactly. They will join the group. When? I do not know.”
Reading between the lines, it looks like it should be a matter of days rather than weeks for Kelleher and Ramsay, which would be a big boost given the issues elsewhere.
On Friday, third-choice keeper Adrian started in the absence of Alisson and Kelleher, while James Milner was required at right-back with Gomez absent.
The situation has of course provided opportunities for Harvey Davies, Fabian Mrozek and Isaac Mabaya, which is definitely a bonus.
But having Kelleher and Ramsay back in the near future will be a real boon, particularly for the latter who will be looking to settle in and make an impression following his £6.5m move from Aberdeen.
Liverpool are expected to confirm the squad will travel to Austria early next week with the likelihood that both will be included.