Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could miss this summer's Euro 2020 after they picked up serious injuries during the course of the season.
Van Dijk has not played for the Reds since October after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament damage against Everton, and Gomez underwent surgery the following month to repair a tendon he injured while on international duty with England.
Both players are back in rehabilitation, but Klopp revealed that neither are close to full contact training, and the priority is for them to be fit for pre-season training ahead of the 2021-22 season.
"To be honest the information I have at the moment, it will be unlikely," said Klopp. "Not that I wouldn't let them go but because of the extent of the injuries. It's not about talking which competition they can play in. As far as I know, and I am always open for positive surprises and they all of a sudden show up in training, nobody told me (they are nearly ready).
"We all hope they will be ready to start the pre-season with us. These are really serious injuries. With Joel, it is pretty much the same. I am always open for positive surprises and they all of a sudden turn up in team training - but no-one told me that. The two of them look better than Joel, as he is still in what looks like ski boots. Joe is not running, Virgil is already running but this is a real tough one.
"We will be completely over the moon when they are ready to train with us for the start of pre-season but the Euros, I didn't think about it. When do you have to be back to be ready to play in the Euros? The week before? The day the Euros start? I don't know. I understand maybe the need of that but we cannot make this decision and we will not. They will be fit when they are fit."