LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, September 27, 2021: Liverpool's Joe Gomez (L) and Virgil van Dijk during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B Matchday 2 game between FC Porto and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool one of the last Premier League clubs to return for pre-season

Liverpool’s preparations for the 2022/23 season start in earnest on July 4, a date that is among the latest for the Premier League this summer following their relentless schedule last season.

Jurgen Klopp‘s squad will reassemble at Kirkby next week as they kickstart their pre-season, with fitness tests to initially be at the forefront of the plans.

The Reds set an incredible benchmark last season but still have unfinished business, which new signings Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay will look to assist with.

The trio will join up with their new Liverpool teammates this summer in a pre-season programme that takes the club to Thailand, Singapore, Austria and Germany.

There are six fixtures confirmed before the season opener at Fulham on August 6, with the Reds’ schedule spanning 33 days from the start of pre-season to their trip to Craven Cottage.

It’s a timeframe that is shorter than the majority of other Premier League clubs, who return to training in the coming days.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, May 25, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final game between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid CF. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is only Chelsea, Tottenham, Everton, Man City and Newcastle that are also anticipated to make their training return at the start of July, with the rest resuming earlier this week.

A few clubs are yet to have a definitive date for their return confirmed but the scheduling of pre-season games suggests a similar return frame over the coming seven to ten days.

The Athletic provided a list of some of the return dates, although Bournemouth confirmed their own with early testing photos.

Premier League Pre-Season Return Dates

Arsenal – W/C June 27
Aston Villa – June 27
Bournemouth – June 25
Brentford – TBC; likely end of June
Brighton – June 27
Chelsea – July 2
Crystal Palace – June 27
Everton – July 1
Fulham – June 29
Leeds – June 27
Leicester – June 28
Liverpool – July 4
Man City – TBC; likely start of July
Man United – June 27
Nottingham Forest – TBC
Newcastle – July 1
Southampton – TBC; likely end of June
Tottenham – July 4
West Ham – June 27
Wolves – June 27

There will also be varied return dates within each club after international fixtures dragged on into the summer and the same could be seen at Liverpool.

Andy Robertson, for example, was one of the last players to finish up his campaign, which ended in injury, and could be afforded extra time off before reuniting with his teammates.

Liverpool are to start at Kirkby before travelling to Bangkok, Thailand for their first summer fixture against Man United on July 12.