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


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not concerned by his defensive options heading into the opening weekend of the season, despite being able to field only one senior centre-back in the 3-1 friendly win over Torino.

The 25-year-old will be a vital cog in the Liverpool machine as they attempt to push on and become real contenders for the Premier League title, and Robertson has been nothing but praiseworthy of the Brazilian.

The Reds will be without Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip, with Dejan Lovren also likely to miss after returning from holiday on Monday.

The former Stoke winger has looked very impressive in the pre-season and scored a bicycle kick on debut against Manchester United with Klopp admitting that he has adapted to life at Liverpool better than he expected."That's not normal after four days in the club - adapting that well to the style of play", Klopp said last month after his club debut.

"I think everyone knew from his first interview he spoke very good English so the settling-in period is over for him and I think he is very much part of the squad".

Henderson played a crucial role in England's run to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but his club manager asserted that he didn't need to see the midfielder's displays in Russian Federation to be convinced of his qualities.

"Joel, we'll have to see".

Xherdan Shaqiri brought down a raking ball and exchanged possession with Nathaniel Clyne before floating in a cross for Daniel Sturridge to nod in.

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.

Klopp shouldn't change much tactically this summer.

LIVERPOOL are gearing up for the start of the Premier League season at Melwood.

And Klopp added: "I was not surprised to be honest but as a human being I was hoping for it and I loved it".

'I am not sure but it is Hendo.

"He was in a really good shape, so we thought a few minutes tonight should be possible". I don't know. I'm happy about the game tonight and about what we did, the whole atmosphere.