Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
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Liverpool beat Torino in final pre-season friendly

Liverpool beat Torino in final pre-season friendly

Liverpool complete their pre-season preparations with a 3-1 win over Torino at Anfield, where Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge were among the scorers.

Along with the aforementioned signings, Liverpool have Henderson, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum competing for the three midfield spots in Klopp's favoured 4-3-3 system.

This was Liverpool's first pre-season friendly at Anfield in 2014 giving children and families a rare glimpse to see their heroes at reduced prices.

He was cheered when he became the tenth Liverpool player to be removed after 72 minutes while his replacement Karius - whose two howlers in May's Champions League final saw him receive hostile abuse on social media - will have felt better by getting encouraging support as he trotted on.

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

"He can still play as the eight or we could play some games with a double six, Fabinho could play the eight or whatever, that's all possible".

The Brazilian's miss did not haunt his Anfield bow for long as compatriot Firmino put the Reds ahead soon after.

Goalkeeper Alisson was a spectator for much of the evening but he received applause from The Kop every time he was called into action including a safe pair of hands to deny Simone Edera.

Some last-ditch defending prevented Liverpool from regaining their two-goal cushion on the stroke of half time, with Sirigu thwarting Wijnaldum after the midfielder had made another run beyond the Liverpool attack, and Alex Berenguer cleared Alexander-Arnold's follow-up off the line.

"But they've had to be rectified those areas, majority have been so at this moment on paper Liverpool do look the strongest to challenge".

Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy has upset some of the fans who once adored him, by highlighting what he believes is the gulf between Liverpool and last season's Premier League champions Manchester City.

And while Sturridge and Shaqiri may not start Sunday's game, they have the predatory instinct and creative ability to make a significant impact from the bench if required.

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