Liverpool begin 2017-18 pre-season training with a ‘ready to go’ attitude

Liverpool have begun their pre-season preparation with many of the squad welcomed back to the training complex at Melwood.

A handful of players are still to return due to post season international commitments - new signing Mohamed Salah, talismanic forward Philippe Coutinho and Confederations Cup winner Emre Can amongst those who will be given more time off.

Jurgen Klopp told reporters: "I saw the boys this morning and I saw in their faces that they're ready to go. So I'm ready to go.

With a return to European competition, Liverpool will be hoping for a much busier season ahead.  LFC played just 47 games last season - compared with 63 the season before.  The reds reached 63 games after making it to both the League Cup and Europa League finals in 2015-16.

Before a ball has even been kicked the reds are guaranteed to be playing a minimum of 48 games in the upcoming season and fans will be hoping the reds will push through 60 games as they aim for success in all 4 competitions.

Lucas Leiva has already mentioned his start to pre-season when delivering birthday congratulations to team mate Dejan Lovren (28 today) on social media.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who missed a large part towards the end of last season, led the squad in their first run around the Melwood pitches.  The sheer misery of the bleep test followed shortly after.

The captain will be hoping to have a much bigger impact on the coming season especially with speculation continuing around the potential signing of midfielder Naiby Keita from RB Leipzig.

The staff at the club will be monitoring the returning players to assess their current fitness levels after the 6 week break and will be designing individual training plans to get the players up to full fitness ready for the start of the season.

The first friendly is a week today but once the Premier League season starts Liverpool will be launched straight into a two-legged Champions League decider to try and make it through to the group stage.

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