LIVERPOOL skipper Steven Gerrard will sit out the first leg of the club’s pre-season tour of North America.
Gerrard and the Reds’ other England internationals won’t travel when the squad head for Boston next Monday as they continue to recuperate following their exertions at Euro 2012.
The half dozen, which also includes Glen Johnson, Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll, Martin Kelly and Jordan Henderson, will miss the opening tour game against MLS side Toronto in Canada on July 21.
However, they will fly in to join up with their team-mates at the training camp in Boston two days later and could be involved in the games against Roma at Fenway Park on July 25 and against Tottenham in Baltimore on July 28.
Boss Brendan Rodgers gave each Liverpool player who was involved at Euro 2012 four weeks off from the day their international commitments ended.
The final squad for the Reds’ tour has yet to be confirmed but Daniel Agger should travel as Denmark went out of the championships on June 17.
Having been part of the victorious Spain squad who beat Italy in the final on July 1, it’s unlikely that Pepe Reina will make the trip. Luis Suarez, Sebastian Coates and Craig Bellamy will be absent from the tour due to their involvement in the Olympics.