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Roberto Firmino Among Those Expected to Miss Liverpool's Preseason Tour

Only weeks away from kicking off their preseason tour, Liverpool are expected to leave behind a few of their more exciting talents, including new boy Roberto Firmino.

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A busy few days of activity in the transfer market has left Liverpool squad significantly better than it was to start the week, with Robert Firmino and Nathaniel Clyne expected to join after they pass their respective medicals, and concrete links to further targets in areas of need. The club's first four signings of the summer didn't give way to much celebration, but combined with the most recent pair, they round out a collective that is in far better shape from front to back than the Liverpool that finished last season.

Unfortunately they likely won't all be together right away, as international duty will keep at least a few out of Liverpool's tour of Thailand, Australia, and Malaysia. Supporters hoping for a first look at Roberto Firmino at one of those tour stops will be among the most disappointed, as he is expected to miss the entirety of the trip as he takes a much-needed break after Brazil's involvement in Copa America. Both he and Philippe Coutinho are expected to play a part in tonight's quarterfinal matchup against Paraguay, and regardless of whether or not they advance--which they're widely expected to--it's unlikely that they join the squad before August.

Emre Can could be left behind as well, and given the amount of minutes he's logged over the last six months, that would probably an okay thing after a run at the U21 Euros with Germany that could reach the finals depending on today's outcome. There haven't been any definitive reports on Tiago Ilori; he reportedly took part in full training yesterday ahead of today's semi-final matchup with Can and Germany, indicating that, even if he's not fit to start, he should be able to take part in Liverpool's preseason as expected.

A look at Firmino was obviously the main attraction, but likely absences for Coutinho and Can will no doubt put a slight damper on things for those planning to see the squad at each of their four fixtures. Most of the squad should be together, however, including the likes of James Milner, Danny Ings, and, as long as the deal goes through as expected, Nathaniel Clyne. That's in addition to Jordan Henderson, Lucas, and Mamadou Sakho, who enter this preseason as the old heads of a young, promising Liverpool squad.

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