Liverpool beat Torino in final pre-season friendly

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the Premier League will be difficult this season

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the Premier League will be difficult this season

Liverpool kick off their new Premier League campaign on Sunday when they welcome West Ham United to Anfield, and Reds fans will be desperate to see Keita in action for the first time competitively. His squad looks deep, sharp and impressive five days ahead of a league season carrying high expectation.

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.

The Liverpool captain only returned to training on Sunday, but Klopp did not rule him out of contention to feature against West Ham on the weekend. Nat Phillips, a 21-year-old from Bolton, filled the role against Torino and enjoyed an assured display against the team led by former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri. Some nice inter-play between Salah and Firmino allowed the Brazilian in for the opening goal of the game.

Liverpool ended up beating Napoli 5-0 thanks to goals from James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno.

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.

The bar has been raised by Manchester City and the Premier League title hopefuls know they will have little room for error if they are to challenge Pep Guardiola's side this season.

However, it was Fabinho who perhaps got off to the worst possible start.

Italy worldwide Andrea Belotti pulled one back for the visitors with a powerful header, but after Klopp made a raft of substitutions, Daniel Sturridge nodded in a Xherdan Shaqiri cross to score for the third friendly in a row. The important business comes next.

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