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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 fans have been anxious that with Fabinho and Naby Keita's acquisitions, skipper Jordan Henderson may be warming the bench in the coming season but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has allayed those fears even as he revealed that the Englishman may have to adjust his game a fair bit.

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. His squad looks deep, sharp and impressive five days ahead of a league season carrying high expectation.

But while City begin the campaign as firm favourites after their record-breaking title campaign last season, they will be well aware of the threat posed by Juergen Klopp's improving Liverpool and the rest of the big six.

The Reds will go into their fixture against the Serie A side at Anfield with Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez as their only two fit senior centre halves, with Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip all struggling with minor knocks.

Appearing on Talksport, Murphy claimed that just two of Liverpool's players would make it into the Manchester City starting line-up.

Transfer: Ex-Chelsea star, Poyet hints on Hazard's move to Real Madrid
But it now looks like they could lose their star man in Hazard and also miss out on one of the top hitmen in the world as well. Chelsea finished fifth in the table and missed out on qualification to the Champions League.

Those who have been overly critical of his play either don't see what he is really bringing to the side or are allowing an agenda to influence their view of the Brazilian.

The same three players were involved in the opener.

Liverpool should have taken the lead moments earlier when gifted a hugely generous penalty by referee Michael Oliver. Salah's driving run across the box teed the striker up for a shot which found the top corner via a deflection.

Roberto Firmino and Georgino Wijnaldum both scored within eight minutes of Fabinho missing a first-half penalty before Andrea Belotti quickly replied for the Italians.

It was Sturridge who rounded off the scoring, steering in a header from Shaqiri's neat chipped cross late in the match. The important business comes next.


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