Not long now, folks. Just 12 more days and the real stuff will be kicking off once again for Liverpool.

The Reds begin their attempt to regain the Premier League title when they make the long journey to Norwich City on Saturday week.

As omens go, it's not a bad one that the last time Liverpool faced the Canaries on the opening weekend, they went on to win the club's first championship in 30 years.

Jurgen Klopp's side have moved to Evian for the final leg of their pre-season training camp which concludes with two 60-minute friendlies against Bologna on Thursday.

And while there is still the Anfield double header against Athletic Bilbao and, the following day, Osasuna to come, already some clues have emerged as to whom Klopp could turn at Carrow Road.

All change at centre-back

Undisputed number one Alisson Becker is primed to line up in goal ahead of Caoimhin Kelleher, regardless of having only joined up with the squad this weekend.

But if Trent Alexander-Arnold is a certainty at right-back having regained fitness following the thigh injury that forced him to miss Euro 2020, matters aren't so straightforward elsewhere in defence.

Kostas Tsimikas has shown encouraging signs at left-back in recent friendlies although Andy Robertson, despite his late return to training, is the more likely starter.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain some weeks away from being serious contenders for a starting role having only on Thursday made a welcome return to action.

And it has become clear £36million signing Ibrahima Konate and fit-again Joel Matip are the preferred centre-back partnership ahead of Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

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Midfield headache

The open nature of Liverpool's 4-3 friendly defeat to Hertha Berlin last Thursday underlined that, with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson unavailable and Gini Wijnaldum gone, there is a lack of defensive midfield cover.

James Milner can do a job, but is perhaps better suited alongside another deep midfielder rather than by himself.

While Henderson is unlikely to start at Norwich - he will only return to training later this week - Fabinho, who was back on Sunday, could be pushed into relatively immediate action.

Who joins him in the engine room is a big call.

Naby Keita has shown promising signs and, at present, would perhaps be in the box seat. However, while Harvey Elliott has also been starting in midfield, it would be a surprise if the 18-year-old earned a full Premier League debut in the position.

Instead, much could depend on the fitness of Thiago Alcantara and where both Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain find themselves playing during the final few friendlies.

What no Bobby?

In attack, both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have demonstrated during pre-season the benefit of a much-needed summer break.

Roberto Firmino, though, was hard at it for Brazil and, like Alisson and Fabinho, will only resume training on Monday.

Diogo Jota's lively cameo against Hertha Berlin suggests he has no issues with sharpness, although Oxlade-Chamberlain has notably started the last two warm-up matches in the number nine role.

Predicted Liverpool line-up v Norwich: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Keita; Salah, Jota, Mane.

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