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

Jurgen Klopp suffered his third defeat in a final with Liverpool Jurgen Klopp suffered his third defeat in a final with Liverpool
Kristopher Love | 10 August, 2018, 15:25

Liverpool concluded their preparations for the new season with a victory over Italian side Torino at Anfield.

"When Antonio Conte came in they'd finished 10th and won the league".

Klopp swapped seven of his starting lineup at half time and the intensity of Liverpool's second-half performance inevitably suffered.

Liverpool fans have given troubled goalkeeper Loris Karius a rousing reception on his return to Anfield following his calamitous display in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final.

"You don't really know the team, you don't really know the players, you don't know how they're going to perform from one week to the next".

'City - the champions - have not lost a player and brought in Mahrez.

Klopp has made a host of changes to Liverpool's backroom since his arrival in 2015, both alongside him in the dugout and behind the scenes, including medical staff and nutritionists.

The Reds spent a club record fee on Netherlands global Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window to reinforce their central defence but questions marks linger over Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip.

Liverpool have won the last three league meetings, scoring four goals on each occasion.

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.

Virgil Van Dijk arrived at Anfield from Southampton for £75m in January while Alisson became Jurgen Klopp's fourth signing of the summer in a then-world record £65m swoop last month.

Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer policy this summer after they spent more than any of their Premier League rivals - £177million in total. Yes I think it is possible.

Like City, Liverpool's strength is in the final third and the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, will strike fear into Premier League defences again.