Van Dijk and Salah in Liverpool squad for pre-season training camp in Austria

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to begin pre-season preparations ahead of the 2021/22 campaign as they look to bounce back following a difficult 2020/21 season.

The Reds may have failed to retain their Premier League title and suffered early disappointment in the League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League, but bounced back to finish third in the table.

In more good news for supporters, talisman Virgil van Dijk is now ready to return to first-team action having missed the vast majority of last season with a ACL injury in his right knee that needed surgery, with Mohamed Salah also involved.

In addition, new boy Ibrahima Konate is set to join his new colleagues on July 12 as their training programme begins in Austria, with warm-up fixtures to be announced shortly.

The club announced their plans with a post on their official website on Friday, and it includes a quote from assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders ahead of the trip to Salzburg.

He said: “We look forward to going to Austria again for the start of our pre-season. All the conditions to prepare the team there are just at a very high level.

“We will use this to go back to basics. When you ask a lot from your players you have to give a lot as well – and we find all of this in Austria.”

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Players reporting for Liverpool pre-season training on July 12

James Milner, Adrian, Ben Davies, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip, Nat Phillips, Divock Origi, Ben Woodburn, Rhys Williams, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kostas Tsimikas, Caoimhin Kelleher, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, Taiwo Awoniyi, Marko Grujic, Harvey Elliott, Loris Karius, Takumi Minamino, Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson, Marcelo Pitaluga, Harvey Davies, Billy Koumetio, Owen Beck, Kaide Gordon, Mateusz Musialowski, Tyler Morton, Conor Bradley.

The club released a series of snaps including Konate wearing their new home and away kits earlier in the week, with the 22-year-old raring to get started in the Premier League.

He said when his signing was announced: “I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool.

“It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter."

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