Klopp hails Loris Karius' Anfield reception

08 August, 2018, 15:24 | Author: Miranda Cannon
  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the Premier League will be difficult this season

Henderson, who helped England to a fourth-placed finish at the World Cup, impressed his manager with his fitness levels and played 20 minutes in Tuesday's 3-1 pre-season win over Torino.

There was even a rousing reception for Loris Karius on his return to Anfield following that Champions League final against Real Madrid.

Liverpool FC's biggest deal of the summer was the world record signing of AS Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker in a £67m deal to replace Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet.

Former England global Redknapp is impressed with Klopp's transfer business ahead of the new Premier League season.

Liverpool's first clash of the Premier League season is against West Ham on Sunday and Henderson says he'd understand if he didn't feature.

The Reds will go into their fixture against the Serie A side at Anfield with Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez as their only two fit senior centre halves, with Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip all struggling with minor knocks. But the 21-year-old missed the match with a tight muscle and is a doubt for the weekend.


However, it was Fabinho who perhaps got off to the worst possible start.

It mattered little as Roberto Firmino opened the scoring with a deflected effort in the 21st minute after Mohamed Salah slalomed across the field. Salah's driving run across the box teed the striker up for a shot which found the top corner via a deflection.

It was Phillips' long pass out of defence that instigated Liverpool's second goal of the night.

Klopp is well aware that Liverpool need to eliminate some of the sloppy performances, which left them trailing City in the league last season, and while he is not promising silverware, he expects to see progress.

Torino did pull one back through Andrea Belotti shortly thereafter.

Sturridge extended the lead with a glancing header from Xherdan Shaqiri's cross late on. The important business comes next.

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