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Liverpool set to welcome four first-team stars back for training on Saturday

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Latest Liverpool news: Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk to return on Saturday for pre-season

Liverpool have confirmed that four more senior players will return to Melwood on Saturday to start pre-season training.

Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold will report for testing after having an extended summer break.

Liverpool lift Champions League trophy
Jordan Henderson lifts the Champions League trophy

The quartet were involved in international games after the Champions League final, and will join the likes of Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Naby Keita at Melwood.

The Reds play Bradford City after their clash against Tranmere Rovers on Thursday, and it will be interesting to see if any of these new arrivals play a part in the game on Sunday.

Liverpool are then off to the USA for their next phase of pre-season, and then it is a return to Europe before our Community Shield game against Manchester City.

Liverpool should have most of their players back for City clash

Our Brazilian pair of Alisson and Roberto Firmino should be back at Anfield by the end of July.

Alisson
Alisson at the Copa America

The pair won the Copa America with the national side but it wasn’t a great summer for Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian had to deal with AFCON heartbreak as the Pharaohs were knocked out by South Africa.

Sadio Mane is still in the tournament as Senegal look to win it for the first time, and the former Southampton star is the only senior player who could be in action till mid July.

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The AFCON final is scheduled on 19 July, and Mane should be off for a three week break after that.

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European outfit demand €25m for 21-year-old Liverpool target

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Genk want €25m for Liverpool target Sander Berge

Sander Berge has been recently linked with Liverpool after featuring for Genk in the Champions League (h/t Express).

The 21-year-old Norwegian faced us twice in the Champions League and has also attracted the interest of other clubs.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato) claims that Napoli have made the 21-year-old their priority signing in the coming months.

Sander Berge
Sander Berge battles Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the ball (Image credit: Getty)

Napoli are facing a bit of a crisis in recent weeks with the players also facing off against club president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Berge came through the ranks at Vaalerenga and moved to Genk in 2017. The Belgians have slapped a €25million price-tag on his head and the report claims Napoli will make a move in January (h/t Calciomercato).

However, due to Napoli’s asking price, Napoli might shelf their move till the summer (h/t Calciomercato).

Berge is also a regular for the Norway national team, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move soon.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was seen speaking to the player after the Champions League clash at Anfield too (h/t Express).

Big decisions lie for Berge

Berge has to take the right decision regarding his future with first-team football a requirement too.

Napoli have done well in recent seasons despite making managerial changes in the past.

However, Liverpool have also handed chances to young players under Klopp, and we could do with more talents coming in the future.

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Liverpool have a couple of midfielders over 30 in Adam Lallana and James Milner and need to plan for a future without them.

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Boost for Liverpool as this defender’s knee injury might not be too serious

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Joe Gomez’s England injury isn’t considered serious after knee scan

Joe Gomez’s time with England during this international break was cut short after injuring his knee in an accidental collision.

The Liverpool defender has seen a lot happen over the past week at the Three Lions camp. He was involved in a bust-up with Raheem Sterling which saw a cut appear below his right eye.

Sterling accepted his mistake in the bust-up but there was more to come. The Liverpool defender came off the bench against Montenegro and was booed by some sections of the England fan.

Joe Gomez
Joe Gomez in action against Montenegro (Image credit: Getty)

Gomez has had a tough time with Liverpool too as Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are ahead of him in the pecking order.

He did come on for the final few minutes against Manchester City, and we need all our players to be fit for the rest of the season.

Dominic King of the Daily Mail allayed some fears about the extent of Gomez’s injury.

The journalist tweeted about Gareth Southgate’s update regarding the 22-year-old and how it wasn’t serious:

Gomez’s injury troubles

The youngster has had his issues with injuries in the past too. Last season, the centre-back suffered a fracture in the win over Burnley and was out for almost six months.

His initial recovery didn’t go well and the youngster had to go under the knife. Liverpool had several problems in the centre-back spot then and fielded Fabinho in some games.

Joel Matip
Joel Matip has been excellent alongside Virgil van Dijk over the past 18 months (Image credit: Getty)

This season has also been tough on the defenders with Joel Matip suffering a problem too. The Cameroon centre-back hasn’t played for us since the 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

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That leaves us with just Virgil van Dijk and Lovren as the fit centre-backs, and hopefully, Gomez is not out for long.

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PSG want to pair this 19-year-old Liverpool target with Kylian Mbappe

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Paris Saint-Germain enter the race for Liverpool target Jadon Sancho

Paris Saint-Germain have also entered the race for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, according to the Express (h/t Daily Mail).

The report claims that Neymar could be on his way out of the French capital. PSG want to be at their best and are planning to pair Kylian Mbappe with Sancho (h/t Daily Mail).

Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho is a regular for the England national team (Image credit: Getty)

Liverpool have been linked with Sancho recently (h/t Liverpool Echo) and the player would not be available on the cheap.

Big price on Sancho’s head

The 19-year-old has taken the Bundesliga by storm since joining from Manchester City.

Sancho is now a regular for the England national team and has a couple of goals for the Three Lions in this campaign too.

The English winger can play on either side and has four goals and five assists to his name for Dortmund.

Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho joined Borussia Dortmund from Manchester City (Image credit: Getty)

However, Dortmund are open to an exit in the next summer and could sell him for over £100m (h/t Daily Mail).

Sancho has also been singled out for criticism in decent weeks by Dortmund. The winger was also been fined and dropped for the clash against Borussia Monchengladbach.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the English talent in the summer. Liverpool could do with more attacking options to provide competition and cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

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However, spending over £100m certainly is a big ask even if we have spent huge on Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk recently.

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