Loris Karius Arrives For First Day Of Pre-Season With Liverpool Team-Mates As He Bids To Put Champions League Nightmare Behind Him

Loris Karius seemed to be in high spirits as he smiled broadly upon arrival at Melwood

Loris Karius and a number of Liverpool’s first team stars were pictured at Melwood for the start of pre-season.

The goalkeeper came in with a beaming smile as he pulled up in his black Mercedes and is bidding to put the heartbreak of last year’s Champions League final behind him.

Karius (right) was joined by Nathanial Clyne (centre) and Danny Ward (left)

The German is looking to put the nightmare of last year's Champions League final behind him

The German endured a nightmare against Real Madrid and his two blunders proved catastrophic to Liverpool’s chances.

In total, 26 players have started their preparations for the campaign ahead, though a number of the squad remain on international duty at the World Cup or have been afforded an extended break.

Karius was joined at Melwood by two new faces as Fabinho and Naby Keita met their team-mates.

The former Monaco and RB Leipzig midfielders have the chance to impress Klopp and stake a claim for a spot in the engine room of the side.

Keita, Fabinho and Co were split into groups before they were physically examined.

Each cohort ate breakfast together before heading over to the gym where they performed a number of tests.

These included functional and range of movement examinations before lactate tests were undertaken on the pitch.

Klopp’s men were then be given an hour to rest before returning to the club gym for some more specific assessments such as box jumps.

Dutch duo Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum featured for Holland in an international friendly at the end of last season so have been given more time off.

Both will return slightly later and eight players at the World Cup will rejoin their team-mates even later still.

Among those to have been involved in Russia is last season’s Player of the Year, Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian put pen to paper on a fresh £200,000-per-week deal on Monday to become the highest paid player in the club’s history.

The new terms will keep Salah at Anfield until the summer of 2023 and, crucially, there is no release clause. News of the 26-year-old’s commitment will be a huge boost to the club who begin preparations for the season ahead with a spring in their step.

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