Our photographers have been at Melwood throughout Wednesday to track the Liverpool squad on their return to pre-season and provide a brilliant gallery of day one.

Jürgen Klopp, his staff and the players were back at base to begin preparations for the 2017-18 campaign with a rundown of physical tests and assessments.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the opening steps of the long road ahead with our pictures below.

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Photos by John and Andrew Powell

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Melwood blog: How the first day of pre-season training unfolded