Report: Liverpool may have to wait a little longer for Roberto Firmino ahead of new season

Roberto Firmino, along with Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and Tiago Ilori, could miss part of Liverpool's pre-season tour due to international commitments.

Liverpool fans may have to wait a while before seeing their new big-money signing Roberto Firmino in action, according to the Liverpool Echo, due to his international commitments. 

The report states that the Brazilian could miss the Reds' pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia, but will be able to take part in a friendly in Helsinki a week before they kick off their 2015/16 season against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium - the scene of their final day 6-1 humiliation at the end of last season. 

The Echo also reports that Firmino isn't the only one who could miss out, with fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho likely to link up with the first-team late depending on the progress his side make through the Copa America, but both could make the second half of the summer tour if they are knocked out of international competition this weekend. 

Emre Can and Tiago Ilori could also be late arrivals to pre-season training given their respective commitments with their countries at the European U21 Championship. 

The report does also mention that unlike previous summers, Rodgers will have most of his first-team players reporting for pre-season training at the same time on July 6 - which will be welcome news for the Liverpool boss as he endeavours to come up with a method of getting his side playing well ahead of a crucial start to the season.

The only worry is that Firmino and Coutinho are likely to be key players in the starting XI during the early stages of the season. Coutinho is less of a worry as he is likely to know most of the players around him.

Reports were suggesting Tiago Ilori will get a chance to prove what he can do on the pre-season tour, as per the Daily Mail, so his chances could be limited depending on Portugal's progress, but he will be keen to grab his chance with both hands - and it will be interesting to see what role Rodgers has in mind for Emre Can ahead of the new season, with the German suggesting to 11 Freunde that he will be played in his preferred central midfield role. 

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