Jurgen Klopp oversaw a Liverpool training session in Austria this Thursday.
The Reds boss watched over his squad as they were put through their paces in the beating sun ahead of the new Premier League season, which kicks off on August 14.
A handful of players are still missing due to their commitments in the Euros and the Copa America.
But the vast majority of the Liverpool squad were on the training ground including the returning Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, who have all been out with serious injuries, as well as new signing Ibrahim Konate.
Here are three key takeaways from the session.
Ibrahima Konate trains with squad
Liverpool’s new number five, who was signed from RB Leipzig, joined up with his Reds teammates last week and has already been involved in training sessions.
On Thursday he was photographed taking part in running drills as well as showing his new boss what he can do on the ball.
The pictures show the six-foot-three defender is a towering presence, and suggest he will have no problem getting to grips with the physicality of the Premier League.
Konate was signed after an injury-ravaged season for Liverpool in which the club lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for most of the campaign and Ozan Kabak was returned to Schalke.
He was handed the number five shirt and is expected to play a big role for Liverpool next season.
The obvious problem now is, who does Klopp pick to play at the back now that everyone is fit?
New formation in the pipeline?
As aforementioned, Klopp has a selection dilemma this season what with Van Dijk, Gomez, Konate – not forgetting Joel Matip, Fabinho, Nathaniel Philipps, and Ben Davies – all fighting fit.
One possible solution is to switch his formation.
Currently, Klopp favours playing four-three-three with wing-backs tasked with creating the width and supplementing the attacks while the central midfielders get back and defend when necessary.
But Liverpool parted company with a regular central midfield starter in Georginio Wijnaldum this summer and have yet to replace the Netherlands international.
Being a quality midfielder short, but a quality defender up, Klopp may wish to play a back three and advance the positions of Andy Robertson and Alexander-Arnold on the flanks.
In midfield, he could then play two of Fabinho, Thiago, and Jordan Henderson and give permission to one of, say, Van Dijk, Konate, or Gomez to move forward when the Reds attack.
This wouldn’t upset the front three, and would in some ways provide his full-backs with more creative freedom – something Liverpool as a whole lacked last season.
A chance to impress the boss
Pre-season is a great opportunity for youth players or those largely forgotten about to catch the eye.
A whole host of Reds stars including Harvey Elliott, who has just returned from a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers, and academy starlets Jake Cain and Billy Koumetio are among those training with the first-team.
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Taiwo Awoniyi joined Liverpool all the way back in 2015, but due to countless loan moves and work permit issues, this is the first time he is having a pre-season with the Reds.
The Nigerian striker was included in the 34-man pre-season squad ahead of Liverpool’s upcoming friendlies, and Awoniyi is tipped to feature for the Reds in the absence of Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.
His performance will likely decide his future for the new season, with another loan move potentially on the table.