Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Liverpool finish pre-season by beating Torino

Liverpool finish pre-season by beating Torino

He played the final 18 minutes of Liverpool's 3-1 win over Torino as he looks to build his confidence back up following a string of errors.

New goalkeeper Alisson started for Liverpool, before Loris Karius was given a rousing reception when he replaced the Brazilian in the second half, just over two months after suffering concussion and making two awful errors in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid.

Jamie Redknapp has praised Jurgen Klopp for addressing Liverpool FC's problems in the summer transfer window.

As well as the close-season signings, the arrival in January of Virgil van Dijk brought much-needed solidity and stability to the centre of defence and with Joe Gomez and Nathianel Clyne back to fitness, there are increased options at fullback.

The 22-year-old helped Cardiff to secure promotion to the Premier League and the Bluebirds were so impressed with his performances that they wanted to take him for another year.

While City start as title favourites, Liverpool know they are capable of outgunning Guardiola's side - they beat them 4-3 in the league at Anfield in January before a 3-0 victory in the Champions League quarter-final, first leg.

Firmino's deflected opener from inside the box came from the eagerness and awareness of Mohamed Salah, who harried and picked up the loose ball before supplying a neat pass to his fellow forward. Wijnaldum and Salah combined to set up Firmino for a shot that deflected into the top corner off Lorenzo De Silvestri.

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

Liverpool should have taken the lead moments earlier when gifted a hugely generous penalty by referee Michael Oliver.

The Reds have been very busy in the current market following the addition of four new players ahead of the new Premier League season. The important business comes next.

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