Jurgen Klopp praises Anfield reception for Loris Karius

Carla Harmon
August 8, 2018

Jurgen Klopp started his first-choice front three ahead of Sunday's top-flight opener against West Ham United and last-season's 44-goal hero Mohamed Salah was close to latching onto Trent Alexander-Arnold's seventh-minute cross.

Liverpool were able to field only one senior centre-back in the 3-1 friendly win over Torino last night.

Jurgen Klopp's men begin their Premier League campaign against West Ham on Sunday.

There was also another promising display from 21-year-old Nathaniel Phillips, who played nearly the full 90 minutes at centre-back, and a nice moment midway through the second half when Loris Karius, whose errors contributed to Liverpool's defeat in last season's Champions League final, replaced Alisson to huge cheers from the home crowd.


It was the Egyptian's pressing on the edge of the box which saw him dispossess Tomas Rincon in the build-up to Liverpool's 16th-minute penalty.

Italy worldwide Andrea Belotti pulled one back for the visitors with a powerful header, but after Klopp made a raft of substitutions, Daniel Sturridge nodded in a Xherdan Shaqiri cross to score for the third friendly in a row.

Liverpool should have taken the lead moments earlier when gifted a hugely generous penalty by referee Michael Oliver. Wijnaldum and Salah combined to set up Firmino for a shot that deflected into the top corner off Lorenzo De Silvestri.

Just as Liverpool were threatening to run riot as they did in Saturday's 5-0 rout of Napoli, they were pegged back by a thunderous header from Belotti, which left the world's most expensive goalkeeper Alisson helpless.


Klopp shouldn't change much tactically this summer.

Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge all got on the scoresheet for the Reds while midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri provided a sublime assist for the latter's third and final goal.

The Champions League finalists will kick off as second favourites behind Manchester City, and they're seen as the Citizens' main rivals for a reason, as they dished out one of only two City defeats of the Premier League season previous year.


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