Liverpool 3-1 Torino: Reds end pre-season with victory at Anfield

Liverpool 3-1 Torino: Reds end pre-season with victory at Anfield

Liverpool complete their pre-season preparations with a 3-1 win over Torino at Anfield, where Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge were among the scorers.

Jürgen Klopp has played down concerns over a lack of defensive options heading into the new Premier League season after being able to field only one senior centre back during Liverpool's final pre-season friendly.

And Liverpool's business wasn't done there as they also acquired Fabinho from Monaco for a cool €45 million to become the Premier League's biggest spenders in the summer transfer window.

It was the Egyptian's pressing on the edge of the box which saw him dispossess Tomas Rincon in the build-up to Liverpool's 16th-minute penalty. They should line up with the same back four as they fielded in Kiev, with youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold set to get the nod over compatriot Nathaniel Clyne, bolstered by his World Cup experience.

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

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It could also cover a prisoner exchange with Hamas which holds the bodies of two soldiers killed in a 2014 war, Israeli media say. On Saturday, the Israeli army said an aircraft had fired at "a terrorist squad" launching "arson balloons" at Israel.

Wijnaldum then doubled the hosts advantage three minutes later with a handsome move that saw the Dutch worldwide sneak in behind the visitors defence before pelting the ball into the back of the net.

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates.

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

It goes without saying that the Reds will still be a force to reckon with when they welcome the Hammers to Merseyside less than a week from today, but their fitness concerns could lead to some decent payouts for enterprising punters that want to take a chance on West Ham finding the net with the online bookies. One of the main things I was asked about after the game was: 'Can he really play as the No 6?' I said: 'Yes, he can and he will.' He had to learn and he had to improve and that's exactly what he did.

The 25-year-old endured a nightmare outing in the Champions League final in May, and has since struggled throughout pre-season and seen his place as No. 1 usurped.

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