Liverpool face fitness concerns in defence for West Ham opener - Jurgen Klopp

Sergio Cunningham
August 8, 2018

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he may have to be creative with his formation in his sides final pre-season game against Torino tomorrow as a defensive injury crisis takes hold.

It should also be remembered that Liverpool defeated Manchester City three times last season, as well as recently beating the sky blues in pre-season.

Firmino turned provider, sliding a pass through for Georginio Wijnaldum to slam home but Andrea Belotti headed the visitors back into the contest after the half hour.

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.

Liverpool kick off their Premier League season on August 12th against West Ham.

Fabinho, who had scored 16 in a row from the spot for AS Monaco, sent the penalty several yards wide. Wijnaldum and Salah combined to set up Firmino for a shot that deflected into the top corner off Lorenzo De Silvestri.

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Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson is backing Alisson to become a playmaker as well as a goalkeeper for Liverpool this season.

Liverpool paid just over £60 million to bring the 23-year-old to Anfield from RB Leipzig this summer, and many are expecting him to take the Premier League by storm this season.

It was a moment which pleased Klopp as much as the performance.

"Liverpool have done really well and will bridge the gap with City", Murphy concluded.

Shaqiri and Sturridge were the two Liverpool replacements to stand out and they combined for their third goal on 87 minutes, with the former Stoke City winger dinking a subtle cross over the Italian defence which Sturridge glanced inside the post.

Despite opening their Premier League campaign against West Ham on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp named a strong team and was rewarded by seeing key players get valuable game time.

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