Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Liverpool 3 Torino 1: Firmino, Wijnaldum and Sturridge on target for Reds

Liverpool 3 Torino 1: Firmino, Wijnaldum and Sturridge on target for Reds

Liverpool supporters largely blamed May's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid on Karius' errors, and the German goalkeeper also struggled in preseason friendlies this summer against Tranmere Rovers and Borussia Dortmund.

It should therefore give Clyne the opportunity to start the club's Premier League opener against West Ham United on Sunday and steal a march on his global teammate, who he will be hopeful of dislodging from his role with the England team.

Having signed four players so far this summer in Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson, the squad still has a wealth of baggage that needs disposing of with Danny Ings in the headlines for a move away from the club.

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

Asked if he is keen to play in the game, Henderson replied: "Yes, but at the same time I understand the lads have been back a lot longer than me and they have had minutes on the pitch".

His defence looks strong with Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan to pick from at centre-back, while he has selection issues in the full-back roles with Andrew Robertson, Nathaniel Clyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez all pushing for starts.

The Reds stormed to victory over the Italians thanks to goals from James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno.

It adds up to an exciting team and by getting their major transfer business done early, Klopp has had time to integrate his new signings into the squad over the course of the pre-season tour of America. It is the type of exercise that the leading Premier League clubs... I think the Neymar transfer was pivotal to everything.

Liverpool FC will be aiming to be one of the main contenders for the Premier League title next season after the Reds finished in fourth place in the table last term.

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