Liverpool’s first day of pre-season starts on Monday but Jurgen Klopp will not have his full squad at his disposal after international exploits extended into the summer break.
The Reds are due back at the AXA Training Centre on Monday, 37 days on from their last competitive outing in the Champions League final.
The club are one of the last in the Premier League to start their preparations for the season ahead and a handful of players will be later still after competing for their country this summer.
Mohamed Salah, fresh from signing a new contract, will be one of those to have a delayed return after featuring for Egypt in one game before injury struck to then keep him out of contention.
According to the Times‘ Paul Joyce, the Egyptian is not to return to training until July 9, joining the rest of the international contingent in making a delayed start.
Salah was one of 14 first-team players to be involved to play international football following the Champions League final and to be included in pre-season training with the Reds.
Virgil van Dijk, meanwhile, played just once for the Netherlands and after a full month off could instead make his return on July 4, leaving a bit of mystery for who will be at Kirkby on Monday.
A staggered return is par for the course when internationals follow directly on from the domestic season but it means the full squad will only be together for 28 days before the opener at Fulham.