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Liverpool finish pre-season by beating Torino

Liverpool finish pre-season by beating Torino

Brazil forward Firmino played the first half, putting Liverpool ahead before setting up midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum for the second goal.

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 terrible errors in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid.

The difference this season is that the Merseysiders have greater strength in depth with Fabinho and Naby Keita added increased options in midfield.

With West Ham visiting Anfield for the Premier League opener on Sunday, Klopp withdrew most of his first string, giving run-outs to the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, Danny Ings and Marko Grujic, along with another off-season recruit, Xherdan Shaqiri.

Carragher is among those feeling confident, with additions suggesting that Liverpool will be in the mix for the Premier League crown as positive foundations from 2017-18 are built upon.

The 25-year-old will be a vital cog in the Liverpool machine as they attempt to push on and become real contenders for the Premier League title, and Robertson has been nothing but praiseworthy of the Brazilian.

Keita didn't seem to do an terrible lot wrong but perhaps Klopp saw something we didn't.

"All goalkeepers are different so it takes a bit of time but today will help the defence and help him know how we play as well", he said.

As it stands, the gaffer has only two fit central defenders with both Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan sidelined with hip and hamstring problems respectively. "If things were fixed with just one line-up and all the others were only needed when the rest are ill that would be the wrong way and we'd have no chance".

Keita is adept at tracking back and protecting the back four but also pushing forward using his pace, creativity and skill.

Liverpool's run to the Champions League final and their impressive three wins over Manchester City in the last campaign have raised hopes on Merseyside that they could be the closest challengers to Pep Guardiola's side this season.

"Now we have to make the last step, we have to bring ourselves into the competition, in a championship mood, really being 100 per cent focused in all the situations. I have no clue in the moment what we will do at the weekend".

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