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Liverpool pre-season dates and tour plans in full and when Arne Slot might be unveiled

Arne Slot during a Feyenoord training session.
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Liverpool has moved beyond the Jurgen Klopp era and into Arne Slot's period at the helm. While we are yet to hear from the Dutchman during his time at Anfield so far, the Reds are doing plenty behind the scenes to get ready for pre-season.

Things will be disrupted by the European Championship and the Copa America in terms of players returning from international exertions (and potentially the Olympic Games in Paris too). To name just two, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alexis Mac Allister will return late for pre-season with their nations likely to go far in the tournaments they are competing in.

But the first of the Liverpool players will come back in around a month. Curtis Jones and Jarell Quansah, who are expected to be left out of the England squad for the European Championship, should be among those that hit the ground running under their new boss.

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The return dates for the other players will depend almost entirely on when their countries are knocked out of the tournaments they are in. After that, they will have a break before joining the group, though with a new manager to impress, they are likely to be champing at the bit to get started.

In terms of when Slot might be introduced, The Athletic has reported it was 'always planned' that this would happen closer to the start of pre-season rather than immediately when he arrived. That makes sense given that there are currently no players for Slot to work with any work being done now will be planning for the upcoming season and beyond.

The Reds will take on Real Betis, Manchester United and Arsenal in the US during pre-season. It remains to be seen what other friendlies might be booked in but there are only around four weeks between the end of the European Championship and Copa America and the start of the new Premier League campaign.

Liverpool.com says: The arrival of Slot, once he gets to work with his new players, will be really exciting. There will be new ways of playing to adjust to and perhaps a new pecking order in certain positions as he puts his own stamp on things.

The Dutchman will need to take certain elements of what Klopp brought to the job but he equally needs to be his own man. His style of football is similar but he will need his own personality to shine through.