Arne Slot could already have first Liverpool issue as pre-season plans to be impacted

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Liverpool has only two matches remaining of this season, and the Jürgen Klopp era, with the final day clash against Wolves now just over a week away. It is expected that Arne Slot will then be appointed as Klopp's successor with focus already shifting to the next chapter at Anfield.

Before Slot's tenure gets underway, a huge chunk of the Liverpool squad will join up with their international camps ahead of a busy summer. The likes of Virgil van Dijk, Dominik Szoboszlai and Trent Alexander-Arnold will all be at the European Championships in Germany.

The Copa America will also be staged in the United States, meaning Liverpool's South American contingent can expect call-ups, including Alexis Mac Allister, Luis Díaz and Darwin Núñez.

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Brazil has already announced its squad for the tournament — which runs from June 20 to July 14 — with Alisson Becker unsurprisingly making the cut. The Reds keeper continues to battle Manchester City stopper Ederson for the No.1 shirt with the national side.

The European Championships will also end on the same day, meaning Slot could be without a host of players for the start of pre-season, dependent on how far their nations progress. In the past, players have been given at least two weeks off after their international excursions in the summer.

Liverpool started pre-season last term on July 11 before its first match eight days later. The first match of this summer is scheduled for July 26 against Real Betis in Pittsburgh, but there is likely to be at least one game before then.

Brazil is among the favorites for the Copa America and should Dorival Júnior's side go all the way, Slot could have a problem on his hands. Alisson will retain his status as No.1 under the Dutchman but there remains uncertainty over the future of Caoimhín Kelleher.

He proved to be an able deputy in Alisson's absence earlier in the campaign but that exposure to regular first-team football has led to speculation that he could seek a move elsewhere. Nottingham Forest made a move to sign the 25-year-old in January but Liverpool rebuffed the approach, reports BBC Sport.

It would seem harsh to stand in his way again this summer, if he wants to become a No.1 elsewhere, and a replacement would be therefore needed. Sunderland stopper Anthony Patterson is among those under consideration, reports This Is Anfield. But Liverpool is also going to need a third-choice stopper, with Adrián out of contract at the end of the season.

Liverpool could ultimately give Kelleher the green light to leave once a replacement is found, and Alisson has returned, but he would likely want to get a full pre-season under his belt at a new club. That could leave Slot turning to youth for the start of pre-season.

Vítězslav Jaroš will be back at the AXA Training Centre after impressing on loan at Sturm Graz, while Marcelo Pitaluga, 21, is also set to return following his spell at St Patrick's in Ireland. Both could well get an opportunity to stake their claim before the new campaign gets underway.