Liverpool defeat Torino 3-1 in final friendly

Brenda Watkins
August 8, 2018

The surprise purchase of Swiss worldwide Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City offers some cover and flexibility, rounding out what has been an impressive transfer window for Klopp.

"Hendo is so important to us, not only as a player but also as a person and as a leader", Klopp told the Liverpool Echo. Adam Lallana, good game, came back. It helps not only Loris, it helps Alisson as well, that you can see this is a very special place.

The dynamic Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in theory, is another contender but considering he's recovering from a serious knee injury, will likely not be in action till the end of the 2018/19 season at the earliest.

Alisson was making his first appearance for the Reds in Dublin following his World Cup campaign with Brazil and according to Scotland defeder Roberston, the new boy has settled in well on Merseyside. I don't know. I'm happy about the game tonight and about what we did, the whole atmosphere.

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

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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.

When Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness, the situation may change dramatically as toward's the end of last season, he was Liverpool's best option in midfield by far.

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.

"Obviously in the offensive department we are able to do some nice things but that's only one part of the game".

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