Klopp reveals plans and return dates for Salah and Mane
The African duo are still on vacation after playing for their national teams in the 2018 World Cup, with both players’ teams crashing out of the group stages.
Klopp has granted them three weeks of vacation and has revealed they will return to Melwood just in time for their flight to the USA on July 20.
They are also expected to be ready for their side’s first tour game against Borussia Dortmund in the International Cup on Sunday, July 22.
“They come back before the tour to America – the 20th, I think. They had then three [weeks] plus one, two, three days’ holiday. That’s what you need to have,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“We are in July, we started the pre-season last year in July, so for 12 months, these boys have had three weeks off. That’s quite intense and now the next 11 or 12 months are waiting for them!
“That’s what we try to give all of them, then they will be involved and then we have to see.
“Of course, they then have to do a lot of fitness work in the USA and we will see when they can play or whatever. But that they are back will be really good,” he added.
And although the duo are still on their vacation days, Klopp revealed that both Salah and Mane have already started their preparations for the new season.
“Naturally fit – yes, they are, that’s true! Unfortunately, the body is ready to rest and that’s good, but then you need to adapt to the football,” the manager continued.
“Three weeks is not a long holiday and they don’t start at the same point as the boys have started now after five-and-a-half weeks. It will go quick, but we will see how they come back.
“They have a programme they’ve started already on Wednesday. I saw the programme they got… they’ll be OK when they start with us.”
Liverpool will start their pre-season when they face Chester on Saturday, July 7, before facing Tranmere Rovers, Bury, and Blackburn Rovers on the 11th, 14th, and 19th of July.
They will then travel to the USA to take part in the International Cup, where they will face Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and Manchester United.
Their last two friendlies will be against Italian sides Napoli and Torino on August 4 and 7 respectively.
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