Mo Salah met with Arne Slot for the first time as the Liverpool star returned for pre-season training on Wednesday.

The Egyptian forward and Japan midfielder Wataru Endo arrived at Kirkby to undergo fitness testing before beginning team training today. Salah, who was sporting a shaved head after chopping off his curly locks in the summer, met with new boss Slot.

The Kop star was not involved in any major tournament this summer so will undergo a full pre-season to prepare for the new campaign. Salah, 32, has just one year left on his contract with the Reds but there is no panic for the player or the club on the matter.

Liverpool have no intention of selling their star man in this window after turning down a huge £150m from Saudi club Al Ittihad last year. They are confident the player is committed to the club and will give his all this season even if he ends up running down his contract without a renewal.

Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold are in similar situations. New boss Slot will be hoping all three can pen new deals in the coming months but there’s no pressure from the club on them.

Liverpool's new transfer chief Richard Hughes indicated the club has no plans to sell. “On contractual situations, I don’t think it would be fair for me to talk about these. These are private matters between club and players," he told reporters.

“The only concern I and Arne have about situations is total commitment from the players to the cause for next season and we’re absolutely convinced that will be the case.”

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Slot has already recognised the size of his task when it comes to succeeding Jurgen Klopp. The German was at Anfield for nine years, winning the Premier League and Champions League before handing over to the ex-Feyenoord boss.

"Big shoes to fill but you inherit a squad with a winning culture," Slot said. "One of the reasons to come here is I feel we have a really good team. You want to work at a club with good players and an opportunity to win something.

"The past shows Liverpool can win trophies. There is an opportunity to win something. I like to win and at this club there is an opportunity to win."

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