PHOTOS: Liverpool stars prepare for Southampton; Lovren, Sturridge and Borini pictured

The Reds were busy in training on Friday afternoon, ahead of their Premier League opener on Sunday.

Some familiar faces were on show on Friday as Liverpool trained ahead of their clash with Southampton.

The Reds will begin their Premier League campaign against the Saints at Anfield, hoping to avenge the 1-0 defeat they suffered in the same fixture last term.

Brendan Rodgers had confirmed that Jon Flanagan, Daniel Agger, Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana were unavailable for selection against Ronald Koeman's side - but a host of others were in action at Melwood on Friday.

Among those snapped taking part were Philippe Coutinho, Jordon Ibe, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, signed from Southampton for £20 million this summer, leading striker Daniel Sturridge and... Fabio Borini.

The Italian has been heavily linked with a £14 move to Sunderland this summer but remains on the Reds' books for now.

And, far from appearing left out á la Ashley Cole, Borini looked as though he was really involved in Liverpool's training session - with a big old smile on his face.

Here are a selection of the best images from training...

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