Neymar does not have to leave Paris Saint-Germain to fulfil his goal of becoming the world's best player, according to Brazil team-mate Alisson.

The forward was strongly linked with a return to Barcelona during the transfer window, but no move to Camp Nou came to fruition.

Neymar has instead remained in the French capital, scoring four goals in five Ligue 1 games since recovering from a foot injury.

The 27-year-old did not finish in the top 10 for the 2018 Ballon d'Or but, asked if Neymar could become the best player in the world by joining Barcelona, Alisson told Mundo Deportivo: "I think that Neymar can be the best in the world on any team.

"Neymar is a high-level player and would be fundamental in any team in the world. If he returns to Barcelona or not... I wish him good luck and to play with his usual joy and energy, wherever he is."

Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi was reportedly pushing for Neymar to be signed by Barca, but he told RAC1 this month he was surprised his former team-mate did not join Real Madrid after it became clear he wanted to leave PSG.

Messi and Alisson met in the Champions League for the second season in a row last term, with the former Roma goalkeeper again coming out on top with a stunning second-leg comeback.

The Argentina captain had struck twice in the first leg to seemingly give Liverpool a mountain to climb but they won 4-0 at Anfield to overturn their deficit, going on to win the tournament by defeating fellow Premier League side Tottenham in the final.

Alisson also got the better of Messi at this year's Copa America, where Brazil beat Argentina 2-0 in the semi-finals before going on to lift the trophy on home soil with a win over Peru.

"The truth is that Messi played very well in the first leg in Barcelona and achieved two goals, but in the return I managed to stop him in some important moments," Alisson added.

"Messi is one of the best players in football history, but I don't think only of duels with him. Both Barcelona and Argentina are two very good teams that have high quality players.

"Luckily, in the last three matches I have been able to overcome him, but the merits are of the whole team: Rome, Liverpool and Brazil."

 

Naby Keita is close to returning for Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp is unsure when Alisson will be ready to replace Adrian in goal.

Alisson has been out of action since he suffered a calf injury in the Reds' opening 4-1 Premier League win over Norwich City in August.

Klopp initially indicated the European champions are expected to be without the Brazil international for the "next few weeks".

Speaking ahead of Saturday's home Premier League game against Newcastle United, Klopp issued an update on Alisson and midfielder Keita.

"Funnily enough, we had lunch again so he looked good," Klopp told reporters of Alisson's progress.

"He's improving but as normal we cannot put any pressure on it. It was a really serious injury in the calf and it is now much better of course.

"That's good for us, good for him, but we don't know exactly. The target was always after the next international break he could be ready, but we don't know.

"That's no pressure on it. Hopefully everything will be fine for the rest of the season, that's the plan.

"Naby is close, much closer than Ali. I think he could be in training when we come back from Napoli next week [in the Champions League].

"Clyney [Nathaniel Clyne] and [teenage striker] Paul Glatzel are obviously far away still but doing big steps. It looks quite okay at the moment."

Liverpool are top of the Premier League table having taken maximum points from their first four games of the season before the international break, a run that saw Klopp claim the August manager of the month award.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were among the Reds stars given a break from international duty, which was welcomed by Klopp.

"It was perfect for the boys who didn't have to go," Klopp added. "There's always that challenge.

"I'm really happy boys being named for their national team, it's really nice, a big honour and all that stuff but I've said it 500 times - if you see the players who didn't have to go this time, for different reasons, everything is different.

"It's in a very intense period to have five or six days off. They train, they always train, but they don't have to be here and we do proper football sessions because usually we only have three players here and it makes no sense, this time we could have had five.

"Could have trained but it still makes no sense - then Sadio and Mo would not have had the time off they needed. It's really tough always to have two games when we speak about the international break, then they have another week with two games which is not easy.

"But we can't change that so we don't think too much about it. They are refreshed, that's how it is, hopefully we can use that."

Jurgen Klopp hailed Virgil van Dijk's UEFA Men's Player of the Year award as a prize for all of Liverpool's players.

Van Dijk enjoyed a supreme 2018-19 campaign, helping Liverpool to Champions League glory and captaining Netherlands to the Nations League final.

The former Southampton defender has maintained his form heading into this season and edged out superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to the honour in Monaco on Thursday.

Klopp was quick to laud Van Dijk's individual displays but pointed out his triumph was one that would not be possible without all of Liverpool's squad.

"Brilliant! It's really big. I wanted to call him immediately, but he had to go on stage. I'm so happy for him," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"I'm happy for us as well because he knows that without the boys around him, he cannot win that prize.

"It's a prize for all of us – but we send our big man there to get it. It's really rare for a defender. Yes, we all love goals – we want to score them and see them – but more and more and more people get excited about defending.

"Virg is an exceptional defender, in the moment 100 per cent the best defender in the world, so he deserves that prize absolutely.

"It's now the icing on the cake of the Champions League campaign last year."

The awards ceremony took place after the Champions League draw, in which Liverpool were pitted against Napoli, Salzburg and Genk in the group stage.

Van Dijk's team-mate Alisson picked up the Champions League Goalkeeper of the Season accolade and Klopp had no doubt the Brazilian was worthy.

"I would say well, well, well deserved. He made exceptional saves," Klopp said.

"In the first season with us and immediately winning the Champions League. What a year he had, he won the Champions League, won the Copa America and now is the best goalie of last year."

Alisson is walking without crutches but Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains determined not to rush the goalkeeper back into action.

The Brazil international suffered a calf injury during the opening fixture of the Premier League season against Norwich City a fortnight ago.

Deputy keeper Adrian came on as a substitute and started the penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup and the 2-1 league victory at Southampton last weekend.

The former West Ham man saved from Tammy Abraham in the Super Cup but committed an error to gift Southampton a goal and put Liverpool's win under threat.

Alisson has resumed fitness work in the gym, but Klopp appears ready to be patient over his return.

"Not that close," Klopp said of the 26-year-old on Friday when asked how near he was to playing again.

"I had lunch with him today so at least he can eat! He looks good, good shape, good mood, but it will take time. I don't know how long exactly.

"[There is] No date really in my mind, or nobody told me a date. We didn't ask [the medical department]; we want to give him the time he needs.

"At the beginning, he was on crutches, which is normal with the injury he had. They are not there now so he walks normally. He can really train now, [which is] completely different to a week ago.

"I think now it will go quickly but I don't know how quick."

Liverpool also remain without Naby Keita, who will miss Saturday's match against Arsenal due to a muscle strain.

The Reds won 5-1 when the Gunners visited Anfield last December but, with the teams level on six points after two games this term, Klopp is braced for a tighter contest.

"I wouldn't expect [a high-scoring match], to be honest," he said.

"Both teams are probably offensively orientated, at least. Arsenal will probably change at least two key positions. Probably [Nicolas] Pepe will start, which does not make them weaker, and [Granit] Xhaka.

"It happened a lot to us in the last few months: we analyse a team and then they play completely different against us.

"I am not saying Arsenal will, but it makes life tougher, especially in the early stage of the season."

He added: "If you look at how they set up, they have good footballers in each position and real speed up front. Wow, real speed.

"That makes it tricky to defend. You have to be brave, play your own football, try to keep possession, be direct.

"There are a lot of things to consider in this game."

Georginio Wijnaldum believes Adrian's error against Southampton will prove an aberration as the Liverpool goalkeeper settles into the side.

The experienced Spaniard had a moment to forget on his first Premier League start for the Reds when a poor pass bounced off Danny Ings and into the net.

Liverpool were two goals clear at the time and held on to win 2-1 after former Reds striker Ings squandered a gilt-edged chance for an equaliser.

Adrian almost missed the match after a supporter inadvertently kicked his ankle amid the celebrations of last week's UEFA Super Cup victory over Chelsea.

The former West Ham player had been the hero in Istanbul, decisively denying Tammy Abraham in the penalty shoot-out, but could now be targeted by opponents as Liverpool's number one, Alisson, remains sidelined with a calf injury.

"Those kind of things can happen with a goalkeeper," midfielder Wijnaldum said of Adrian's mistake.

"Last season it happened to Alisson against Leicester City and in a pre-season friendly.

"How is he going to react to the mistake? I think that is more important than the mistake itself. Everyone can make a mistake, also a goalkeeper.

"But the only thing is he is a goalkeeper and if he makes a mistake a lot of times it will result in a goal."

Liverpool signed Adrian four days before their Premier League season opener after selling Simon Mignolet to Club Brugge.

Wijnaldum said: "Everyone needs time to adjust. He [has been here] not even two weeks, so we have to get used to each other.

"It would have been easier if he had come in from the start with Simon leaving and him coming in.

"Now we just have to take the time that we have and train with each other and get to know each other better because everyone needs time to settle in.

"I had it also when I came here, I think all of the signings had it when they signed for Liverpool. So he will be okay."

Jurgen Klopp defended Adrian after the goalkeeper's late gaffe provided a nervy ending for Liverpool in Saturday's 2-1 Premier League win at Southampton.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino struck to put the European champions in control at St. Mary's, but the Saints hit back in the closing stages.

Danny Ings profited when a poor Adrian pass cannoned into the open goal and the former Reds striker then missed a gilt-edged chance to snatch a draw.

Adrian was a pre-match injury doubt after he was inadvertently hurt by a supporter during the celebrations after Liverpool defeated Chelsea in a shoot-out to win the UEFA Super Cup.

After Liverpool maintained their strong start to the new season, Klopp drew parallels with Adrian's injured colleague Alisson, who made a similar error early last season against Leicester City.

"Adrian must have thought 'I played well like Alisson, so I need to make the same mistake he did'," Klopp said.

"Ali did the same. Obviously it's a goalie thing at Liverpool, no problem with that as long as we win the games. All good.

"Adrian had a swollen ankle and we played too many balls back to him in that period. I was happy with everything he did today, all the saves, all that stuff.

"The other players have to then feel more the responsibility for the build-up and cannot give all the balls back to him and hope the painkillers still help or whatever.

"I don't think the goal was because of that, but a few other balls were. He is completely good with his feet.

"If you would have seen his ankle on Thursday after we left then you would say even the pass before the [Southampton] goal was better than you would have expected! It is all fine."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starred against his old club, starting in a midfield role, and Klopp was fulsome in his praise for the fit-again England international who was withdrawn at half-time against Chelsea in Istanbul.

"Brilliant. It was outstanding good," Klopp said. "It was 45 minutes on Wednesday, we can now say they helped for sure, to get the minutes, to feel the intensity, and know you are ready for the intensity.

"Then today we had to make changes and we did. Especially for us it's really important that in the centre of the park we are ready for all these long runs, all these decisive things, so we changed there… it was good to have these opportunities and Ox was obviously not bad today."

Liverpool fans desperate for good news on goalkeeper Alisson's injury had their wish granted on Twitter - or so they might have thought.

American actress and writer Alison Becker sent social media into a spin when, amid a torrent of questions about the injury her near namesake suffered on Friday, she tweeted: "MY CALVES ARE FINE YOU GUYS. #ynwa"

The post attracted close to 10,000 likes in a matter of hours.

It is not the first time the former Parks and Recreation star has been mistaken for the Brazil international.

In 2018, before the former Roma gloveman's move to Anfield, she used social media to declare: "Excited to announce that I will be joining Liverpool as a goalkeeper!"

The real Reds shot-stopper hobbled off during Friday's season-opening win over Norwich City and will be sidelined "for the next weeks," according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 26-year-old will miss the UEFA Super Cup meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday.

Virgil van Dijk believes goalkeeper Adrian's extensive Premier League experience will help him easily adjust to replacing the injured Alisson at Liverpool.

The Reds are awaiting the results of a scan after their first-choice keeper injured his calf in Friday's season-opening victory over Norwich City.

Jurgen Klopp admitted the problem "does not look too good" and ruled the Brazil international out of the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.

A prolonged absence would heighten the pressure on deputy Adrian, who left West Ham on a free at the end of last season after making 150 appearances in all competitions.

The 32-year-old only joined Liverpool four days before his debut but defender Van Dijk says his new team-mate is up to the challenge.

"I think he's at that kind of age, that stage of his life and career that he can come in and slot in to the team pretty easy," Van Dijk told reporters.

"He's been through so many things in the Premier League he can just slot in pretty easy."

Liverpool could be forced to tinker with their playing style if Adrian is thrust into the starting XI for an extended period.

Alisson started every Premier League match last season and generates attacking moves with his ability to pass out from the back.

"He's very important for us, but I have no idea what the actual damage is," Van Dijk said.

"We'll see over the next days what the outcome is going to be. We have to deal with it and we're going to deal with it."

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp branded Norwich City "cheeky like hell" and expects them to cause teams problems in the Premier League.

Despite falling to a 4-1 defeat at Anfield on the opening day of the new season, Daniel Farke's side gave a solid account of themselves in their first match since winning the Championship.

Teemu Pukki and Marco Stiepermann missed first-half chances and Liverpool punished them, with Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi adding to Grant Hanley's seventh-minute own goal.

Norwich refused to lay down and got the goal their performance deserved when Pukki slid a cool finish past substitute goalkeeper Adrian – a first-half replacement for the injured Alisson – in the 64th minute.

"A long part of the game really good, the first 60 minutes we were pretty impressive. If you are surprised that Norwich uses little moments for being dangerous, I'm not. That's how they are," Klopp told a post-match news conference.

"For 60 minutes we did what we had to do. We could've scored more, especially after half-time. Maybe then the opponent impressed a bit more as they were not really fussed about the result.

"They stayed cheeky, they stayed lively, they did what they wanted to do, they played, they changed offensively. I have the biggest respect for what Daniel's doing there with the boys. A very interesting and exciting team they have there.

"They had their pretty risky formation and used that, but we were not really in danger, they were just good in a couple good moments.

"We played against an opponent who will cause a lot of teams problems. With the way they play, that's really good. They are cheeky like hell and do what they do no matter what happens around [them].

"They caused us problems in some moments but I'm not surprised about that, it's completely normal."

Klopp confirmed Alisson sustained a calf injury and will miss the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea on Wednesday, with a lack of depth in the goalkeeping department now a serious cause for concern.

"It's the calf and that's it. He couldn't carry on, that's not a good sign and we have to see. Wednesday he will not play, with all my experience I can say that already. He's injured for sure. We have to see how much," said the Liverpool boss.

"Caoimhin [Kelleher] is back in training but not 100 per cent, we have to wait and see how he reacts now. He broke his hand and is back in training but is not 100 per cent.

"One of the very young ones is not allowed to play, he's only 16, and the other had an elbow injury in pre-season."

On Adrian, who arrived on a free transfer after his contract at West Ham expired, Klopp added: "I don't think he wanted to sit only on the bench for the next couple of years, he made himself ready.

"It's a situation but if you're in a situation like this you want to have somebody who's played in the league, who's experienced. He's 32, he's a calm guy, good with his feet which is important for us. We still don't want to have a situation where one goalie is fit."

An injury to goalkeeper Alisson "does not look too good" and cast a shadow over Liverpool's 4-1 victory over Norwich City on Friday, according to Jurgen Klopp.

Brazil international Alisson appeared to hurt himself taking a goal-kick in the first half at Anfield, with debutant Adrian coming on to replace him in the 39th minute.

Liverpool were 3-0 up at the time after a Mohamed Salah strike and Virgil van Dijk header added to Grant Hanley's own goal.

Divock Origi made it four before the break but Adrian was unable to keep a clean sheet, with Teemu Pukki getting the plucky Canaries on the board in the 64th minute.

Klopp, who confirmed in his news conference Alisson will miss the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea on Wednesday, felt Liverpool warranted the win despite some rust in their display and acknowledged the goalkeeping situation put a dampener on the result.

"In the first 60 minutes we were really good," Klopp told Sky Sports. "We could've controlled the game, that's clear. But it's early stages for us so you have to learn some things.

"I told the boys after the game everything is really good. If someone had told us before the game we'd win 4-1 we would've taken it, no doubt. But we should've controlled the game more, keep the ball.

"It's normal when you are not physically at your highest level that you lose concentration and pass the wrong balls. [Norwich] were brave…what they did was really good so we had to work a lot.

"But we won and deserved the three points and that's most important. I'm very happy with the start but of course the Ali situation is a shadow.

"He thought something hit him in the calf, so that's never a good thing – he thought that, but that's not how it happened, it's what he felt. That means it's probably a bit more than a strain. We have to make a diagnosis, we don't know it exactly, but it doesn't look too good.

"We brought [Adrian] in for situations like that, he was calm, did the job and is good for us in possession and his calmness helps us a lot.

"But we have a little problem. Number three [keeper] Caoimhin Kelleher is coming back but not 100 per cent fit yet. And even younger ones have some issues as well, so we have to think again."

Norwich rattled the upright through Moritz Leitner before Pukki's goal and had 12 shots across the 90 minutes, with head coach Daniel Farke praising their spirit in a tough opener.

"In general we are disappointed we lost the game. We wanted to start with some points but of course unbelievably happy with the character of my team. We showed great character," said Farke.

"We created more chances and had more shots on the goal in the second half. My feeling was in the first half we were not that bad. I love this team and I love my players.

"We have to stick to our beliefs. Of course we have to defend a bit more solid but my injured players are coming back and this was a lesson for some of my players because small details can make a big difference."

Liverpool kicked off the new Premier League season with a convincing 4-1 victory over Norwich City at Anfield on Friday.

Last season's record-breaking runners-up Liverpool wasted no time in setting about getting maximum points, with Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk adding to Grant Hanley's comical own goal within the opening 30 minutes.

Divock Origi made it four in the 42nd minute on his 100th Reds appearance but Jurgen Klopp's side were unable to add to their tally and Teemu Pukki netted a consolation strike for the newly promoted side.

However, the real sour note for Liverpool was the loss of goalkeeper Alisson, who had to be replaced by debutant Adrian in the first half after appearing to sustain a hamstring injury taking a goal-kick.

Liverpool got off to a flying start when Origi's cross from the left wing was diverted into the back of the net by Norwich captain Hanley in the seventh minute.

Marco Stiepermann wasted a second decent chance to get the Canaries on the board and they were punished when Roberto Firmino teed up Salah to slide a cool finish past Tim Krul.

Norwich continued to threaten but Van Dijk made light work of shaking off Jamal Lewis to power in a header from Salah's corner.

Despite losing Alisson to injury, Liverpool remained in the ascendancy and took a four-goal lead into half-time when Origi nodded Trent Alexander-Arnold's fine delivery home.

Krul tipped a shot from Jordan Henderson onto the crossbar early in the second half and, after Salah kept the ball alive and played in Alexander-Arnold with a delightful backheel, Firmino was unable to convert from the England defender's cutback.

Moritz Leitner rattled the upright with a swerving effort as the Canaries regained some courage and they were rewarded when Pukki found the bottom-left corner from Emiliano Buendia's incisive throughball.

Alexander-Arnold's powerful free-kick was saved well by Krul in the 85th minute and Adrian kept out Onel Hernandez in stoppage time as Liverpool comfortably saw out a routine victory.


What does it mean? Liverpool off to a flyer

Liverpool wasted no time in signalling their intent this season. Their rapid start saw them score three goals in the opening half hour of a Premier League game for the first time since February 2014, when they hit four in that timeframe in a 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal.   Had Stiepermann and Pukki taken the early chances that came their way, however, it could have been a very different story.

Origi steps up

His Champions League heroics last season earned Origi a new Liverpool contract and the chance for an increased role in 2019-20. With Klopp not introducing Sadio Mane, who only returned after his exploits with Senegal at the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday, until the 74th minute, the Belgium international proved he can be relied upon by creating two chances in addition to his goal.


Blunders at the back

After Hanley's miskick ended up in the back of his own net, a fortunate ricochet as Norwich failed to clear their lines ended with Salah doubling Liverpool's advantage. Sloppy defending from full-backs Lewis and Max Aarons then enabled Van Dijk and Origi to increase the gap and the game was effectively over before half-time.


What's next?

Liverpool head to Istanbul to take on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, while Norwich will try to pick themselves up at home to Newcastle United next Saturday.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson went off injured in the opening game of the Premier League season against Norwich City on Friday.

The Brazil international slipped when taking a goal-kick and immediately signalled for some treatment in the first half of the game at Anfield.

Alisson left the pitch in discomfort 39 minutes in to be replaced by debutant Adrian, who joined on a free transfer after leaving West Ham at the end of last term.

Liverpool were leading 3-0 at the time thanks to an own goal from Grant Hanley, a Mohamed Salah strike and a header from Virgil van Dijk.

Divock Origi added to their tally by nodding Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross home before half-time.

Liverpool warmed up for their Community Shield meeting against Manchester City with a 3-1 win over Lyon.

The European champions welcomed back Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Alisson from their international exertions, but the latter was culpable as Lyon took a fourth-minute lead through Memphis Depay in Geneva.

Firmino tucked away an equaliser before Liverpool hit the front through Joachim Andersen's own goal and Harry Wilson scored a superb third in a second half more notable for the volume of substitutions made.

It means the end to a four-match winless run in pre-season for Jurgen Klopp's side, who lost 3-0 to Napoli in Edinburgh last weekend and now turn attention towards Sunday's traditional curtain-raiser for the English season at Wembley.

Alisson's return to Liverpool duty got off to an inauspicious start when he fumbled a routine collection near the edge of his area and brought down Moussa Dembele in trying to remedy the situation.

Depay dispatched the spot-kick, but Liverpool were level in the 17th minute when Firmino steered a fine finish across Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes from a tight angle.

Lopes was left with no chance four minutes later as Andersen diverted a teasing cross by 17-year-old defender Ki-Jana Hoever – fresh from penning a long-term contract extension at Anfield – into his own net.

Firmino made way for Rhian Brewster after the half-hour and Salah was one of three players withdrawn at half-time.

That did not affect Liverpool's rhythm, and Wilson shifted the ball on to his left foot to fire a fabulous 25-yard strike into the top corner after 53 minutes.

It proved the last act for the Wales international as Klopp changed his entire XI with an hour played, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and captain Jordan Henderson among those to enjoy a run-out alongside new signing Harvey Elliott.

Andy Robertson expects Liverpool to rise out of their pre-season rut when stars including Mohamed Salah return to the squad this week.

Liverpool slumped to a third defeat in four friendly matches on Sunday, losing 3-0 to Serie A side Napoli.

Ten players that featured in the Champions League final triumph over Tottenham were involved in Edinburgh but Jurgen Klopp still has several key men to return.

Salah, Alisson and Roberto Firmino will return for a training camp in Evian starting on Monday, as will fit-again pair Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Sadio Mane, who helped Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final, is due to return after the Community Shield clash against Manchester City.

"The lads coming back, even if they don't play, it gives you a lift when they train and with the way they go about their business," Robertson told his club's website.

"Mo and Bobby are two of our main men and Alisson was magnificent last season. They are huge characters in the changing room as well so that'll be massive for us, and then Sadio will come back the following week. 

"Once we get the whole team back together, and I think Shaq and Naby aren't far off too, they're players that are familiar around the set-up and around the system and that's what we need.

"The quicker we get all of us back together then hopefully the better."

Liverpool play their final pre-season friendly against Ligue 1 outfit Lyon on Wednesday and Robertson warned the Reds not to underestimate the value of a result.

"We need to be a hell of a lot better than we were [against Napoli] and that's what this week coming up is for," he said.

"When the season comes I've got no doubt that we'll be ready, but we can't get in the habit of losing or drawing because then it starts to sink in and you start getting used to it and that's not what we need."

Jurgen Klopp is wary of Sadio Mane's lack of rest heading into the new season, with the Liverpool star's campaign yet to come to an end.

On the back of a gruelling 2018-19 campaign, Premier League Golden Boot joint-winner Mane has scored three goals to help Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Friday's showdown with Algeria in Cairo ends a season which has lasted close to 12 months for the 27-year-old, who also featured for his nation at the 2018 World Cup.

Liverpool's season starts on August 4 with the Community Shield clash against Premier League champions Manchester City at Wembley.

Newly promoted Norwich City then travel to Anfield on August 9, in the opening Premier League fixture of 2019-20.

And Klopp acknowledged his concern over Mane's readiness for the new season, confirming Liverpool are yet to decide when Mane will return to the fold.

"With Sadio, we have to see about him after the final – how he is feeling and stuff like that," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"It will be really difficult. Sixteen days before we play City, his season is finished. We will have to make a decision, but we haven't made it yet."

While Mane's return date is yet to be established, Klopp – whose squad are on tour in the United States – revealed Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and goalkeeper Alisson will return for a training camp in Evian later in July.

The trio have all been afforded extended breaks following their participation in the AFCON and Copa America respectively, with Klopp confident they will have enough time to prepare for the City fixture.

"It means we have nearly a week until City, a strong 12 days until Norwich and then 15 or 16 days until Chelsea [in the UEFA Super Cup]," Klopp said.

"We have to see. The good thing is, when you have a short break you don’t lose a lot. 

"I would have preferred it if they had come back after a week, but that would make absolutely no sense. So, [they have] these three weeks and then we will have them here for pre-season."

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