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

Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool completed their productive pre-season with a seventh win in nine friendlies, taking their goals tally to 26 in the process, as Jürgen Klopp's team defeated Torino 3-1 at Anfield.

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. His squad looks deep, sharp and impressive five days ahead of a league season carrying high expectation.

With Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan all carrying injuries, Virgil van Dijk played alongside Under-23 defender Nathaniel Philips for the first 45 minutes.

Liverpool's Premier League campaign begins on Sunday at Anfield, where they host West Ham at 1.30pm. But the 21-year-old missed the match with a tight muscle and is a doubt for the weekend. Within a matter of minutes Georginio Wijnaldum was in for Liverpool's second of the night.

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Eden Hazard returned to action for Chelsea as they rounded off their pre-season campaign by beating Lyon on penalties. "As you can see, I'm still at Lyon ".

Those who have been overly critical of his play either don't see what he is really bringing to the side or are allowing an agenda to influence their view of the Brazilian.

The same three players were involved in the opener. Salah's driving run across the box teed the striker up for a shot which found the top corner via a deflection.

The performance seldom hit the emphatic heights of Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of Napoli and suffered something of a false start when new signing Fabinho swiped a penalty wide after Gleison Bremer tripped Sadio Mane.

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. "He probably won't play Tuesday and Sunday will be very hard as well", continued the German, who is known to stick to a very rigorous training strategy. The important business comes next.

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