You bet your ass I’m starting it today.
I’m assuming that the training sessions will resume on June 21, after a four-week break.
Kelleher, Adrian, Matip, VVD, Gomez, Tsimikas, Milner, AOC, Curtis, and Mane don’t have any NT duties so they will have a long, uninterrupted, and very well-deserved break.
Salah and Minamino will be the last to the party. Based on the progression of their respective countries in the Olympics, they should be available between July 29 (after the group stage) and August 8 (after the final).
Players featuring in Copa and Euro may have a curtailed break of just three weeks.
Alisson, Fabinho, and Firmino should be available between July 25 (after the QF) and August 1 (after the final).
Trent, Neco, Robertson, Henderson, Thiago, and Jota should be available between July 19 (after the Pre-QF) and August 2 (after the final). Yes, yes, not all of them can play in the final and some of them will be available sooner.
We will have nearly eight weeks of preparation to get the likes of VVA, Gomez, and Matip up to fitness. It will also allow Klopp and the coaching team to work closely with the likes of Davies (you do know he exists, right!), Nat, Rhys, Sepp van den Berg (from now on I’m going to call him just Sepp), Tsimikas, Elliott, and, the new signings.
Finally, I hope we don’t travel abroad to play preseason friendlies. Let’s organize all preseason games at Anfield. It has been silent and forlorn for too long and can do with all the preseason razzmatazz.