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Four things spotted in Liverpool training as £20m transfer rumours grow

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 01/08/2021 Ian Doyle

Liverpool are continuing to step up their preparations for the new campaign in their pre-season training camp.

The Reds have started the final leg having moved from Austria to the French town of Evian this weekend.

Jurgen Klopp put his players through their paces on Sunday as they build up to Thursday's friendly double-header against Bologna.

But what could be gleaned from the session?

Shaq back

Xherdan Shaqiri's pre-season only resumed last week after his extended break having helped Switzerland reach the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.

And he was spotted all smiles on the training field with Liverpool for the first time this summer, days after declaring he'd told the club he'd be welcome to leave with the Reds wanting around £12million.

However, there appeared no sign of Thiago Alcantara, who joined Shaqiri in joining the camp last Wednesday.

Neco Williams also couldn't be spotted on the footage of the session.

Origi returns

Video: Blood Red: Liverpool players out on their bikes for pre-season training (Liverpool Echo)

Like Shaqiri, Divock Origi is another Liverpool player heavily tipped to depart during the transfer window.

The Reds would be tempted by the right offer, although the player's value may be nearer £8m than £12m after a difficult campaign.

And tongues were set wagging when the Belgian was absent from the squad against Hertha Berlin, although it transpired that was as a precaution after a minor knock.

Sure enough, Origi was back on the field on Sunday working with his Liverpool team-mates.

Van Dijk and Gomez continue

Last Thursday's 4-3 defeat to Hertha Berlin could well prove the most notable fixture of Liverpool's summer.

After all, both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez made a long-awaited return to action following lengthy absences with serious knee complaints.

The duo emerged from the bench together in the 69th minute in Austria, a symbolic and welcome gesture.

And they appeared to have suffered no ill effects as they took full part in the session in Evian on Sunday.

Youngsters still given chance

While Roberto Firmino, Alisson Becker and Fabinho joined up with the Liverpool squad on Sunday, it was too early for them to start training.

And with the absence, at least on the pitch, of the Brazilian trio meant there continued to be opportunities for some Academy players.

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders revealed some youngsters will be sent back home given the growing numbers of senior professionals in the camp.

But Kaide Gordon, Owen Beck, Leighton Clarkson and Ben Woodburn were among those involved in the latest session.

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