Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Liverpool complete impressive pre-season with Torino win

Liverpool complete impressive pre-season with Torino win

Henderson, who helped England to a fourth-placed finish at the World Cup, impressed his manager with his fitness levels and played 20 minutes in Tuesday's 3-1 pre-season win over Torino.

The most glaring weakness in last year's team was in goal, where Loris Karius's nightmare performance in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid exposed their lack of a reliable top-class keeper.

Jurgen Klopp says he has "no idea" what will happen regarding potential Liverpool incomings or outgoings in the final few days of the transfer window.

With the club's first league game against West Ham United to come on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp nevertheless opted for a strong starting XI.

With Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan all carrying injuries Virgil van Dijk cruised through the first half alongside under-23 defender Nathaniel Phillips. But the 21-year-old missed the match with a tight muscle and is a doubt for the weekend.

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Liverpool FC were linked with a move to sign Lyon star Nabil Fekir but his proposed £57m collapsed due to concerns about a long-standing knee problem.

However, the Reds were 1-0 up five minutes later when some good work from Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah set Roberto Firmino free in the box.

The same three players were involved in the opener. Referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot after Sadio Mane was adjudged to have been tripped up by Gleison Bremer.

Torino got a goal back on the half-hour mark when Alberto Moreno failed to stop Lorenzo Di Silverstri's cross and Andrea Belotti headed home from close range.

Sturridge extended the lead with a glancing header from Xherdan Shaqiri's cross late on.

In the second half at Anfield midfielders Fabinho - who missed an early penalty - and Marko Grujic both filled in as Van Dijk only played 45 minutes but Klopp is not anxious ahead of Sunday's visit of West Ham. The important business comes next.

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