Standing ovation for Karius at his Anfield return

Tanya Simon
August 10, 2018

The Liverpool manager was speaking after he watched his side conclude their preseason schedule with a convincing 3-1 victory over Torino at Anfield on Tuesday evening. "What happened in the Champions League final with Loris Karius, yes it was disappointing for the Liverpool supporters on the night losing that game, but we've all been there as players where you have a poor game".

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 past year.

However, Liverpool will definitely be without Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan for Sunday's Premier League opener at Anfield.

Liverpool signed Brazilian goalkeeper, Allison, from Roma this summer and he is expected to take Karius' position as Liverpool starting goalkeeper.

Liverpool come into the season full of confidence, backed by the big spend of Jurgen Klopp throughout the window.

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Bernard , also 25, has signed a four-year deal with the Merseyside club after his contract at Shakhtar ran out in June. Gomes and Mina were joined by the free signing of Brazilian winger Bernard yesterday.

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all made their Anfield debuts for Liverpool, with the latter impressing with an assist for Daniel Sturridge to score the third goal after Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum had given the hosts a 2-0 lead.

"It helps everybody", he told Liverpool's website.

"I was not surprised, to be honest, but as a human being I was hoping for it, that it would be like this", Klopp said after the match. "I think everyone knew from his first interview he spoke very good English so the settling-in period is over for him and I think he is very much part of the squad", Robertson added.

"He was in a really good shape, so we thought a few minutes tonight should be possible. I really liked his pre-season, it was really strong and proved a lot and that was cool".

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