Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp (C-R) and Mohamed Salah (C-L)
Saturday Jul 07, 2018. 10:30
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has announced the return dates of Egyptian Mohamed Salah and Senegal’s Sadio Mane.
Klopp has revealed that Salah and Mane will be included in the club’s pre-season tour to the United States of America.
The African duo is still on vacation after playing for their national teams in the 2018 IFA World Cup, with both players’ teams crashing out of the group stages.
Moreover, the German manager has granted the two players an extra three weeks of vacation and has revealed they will return to Melwood just in time for their flight to the USA on July 20.
Salah and Mane are 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.
“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.
“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.”