Arne Slot could be without NINE Liverpool stars for United States tour

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Darwin Nunez of Liverpool celebrates with team mate Virgil van Dijk after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool FC at the City Ground on March 02, 2024 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are expected to be without as many as nine first-team players for their pre-season tour of the United States as this summer's international tournaments now get set for the semi-final stages.

Captain Virgil van Dijk, midfielder Ryan Gravenberch and the in-form Cody Gakpo will represent the Netherlands when they take on England in the European Championship semi-final on Wednesday, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez part of Gareth Southgate's Three Lions squad that will oppose them in Germany.

England beat Switzerland on penalties on Saturday with Alexander-Arnold slamming home the winning spot kick to squeeze past Murat Yakin's team. Later that evening, Van Dijk and Gakpo started for Oranje as they fought back from a goal down to beat Turkey 2-1.

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In the other Euros semi-final, Ibrahima Konate will be part of the France contingent that meet Spain on Tuesday, meaning new head coach Slot will be without three of his four senior centre-halves for the warm-up matches in the States, with only Quansah poised to travel as it stands.

At the Copa America, Darwin Nunez, whose Uruguay beat Brazil on penalties in the early hours of Sunday, will be involved when Marcelo Bielsa's side meet Luis Diaz's Colombia in North Carolina on Wednesday, while Argentina will have Alexis Mac Allister in their ranks when they square off against Canada in the other semi-final on Tuesday.

Diaz was on target as Colombia, who are now unbeaten in 27 games, beat Panama 5-0 while Argentina overcame Ecuador on penalties in the early hours of Saturday.

It's unclear if Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Portugal forward Diogo Jota will report for the duty Stateside after their elimination from the national tournaments over the weekend.

Alisson's Brazil were knocked out on penalties by Uruguay while Jota was an unused substitute as Portugal also went out on spot kicks after a goalless draw with France on Friday night.

Liverpool's players are typically given three weeks off after summer tournaments meaning Alisson and Jota could theoretically return to club action in time for the friendlies with Manchester United (July 31) and Arsenal (August 3).

However, it's unclear at this stage if either player will be asked to fly out for the final days of the tour or if it will be deemed more suitable for the pair to remain at the AXA Training Centre to continue building up their pre-season fitness levels.

Andy Robertson and Dominik Szoboszlai, who were both eliminated at the group stages of the Euros as captains of Scotland and Hungary, respectively, are likely to meet up with their club colleagues at some stage in America.

Slot was able to welcome back a number of his senior players to the club's £50m Kirkby base on Friday with the likes of Quansah, Curtis Jones and Conor Bradley reporting for duty alongside Stefan Bajcetic, Caoimhin Kelleher, Nat Phillips and Sepp van den Berg.

Mohamed Salah and Wataru Endo will be part of the tour of the States after the decision was taken for both players to stay with Liverpool over representing their countries at the Olympic Games in France later this month.

Liverpool will meet La Liga side Sevilla in an Anfield friendly on August 11 before they kick off their new Premier League campaign at Ipswich Town six days later in the weekend's 12.30pm slot.