Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius given standing ovation upon Anfield return

Jurgen Klopp will be leading Liverpool’s title challenge this season

Alisson arrives from Roma where he faced the Reds in the Champions League semi-final last season.

Carragher is among those feeling confident, with additions suggesting that Liverpool will be in the mix for the Premier League crown as positive foundations from 2017-18 are built upon. "We showed a really nice face, and that helps not only Loris but the others as well, that they see this is a very special place".

"The goalkeeping situation has given everybody a massive lift". But it's happened in a game which will, unfortunately, be remembered for a long time.

There was also another promising display from 21-year-old Nathaniel Phillips, who played nearly the full 90 minutes at centre-back, and a nice moment midway through the second half when Loris Karius, whose errors contributed to Liverpool's defeat in last season's Champions League final, replaced Alisson to huge cheers from the home crowd.

"I have heard people say that they are one or two players short of a title-winning team but I don't agree with that - there have been a couple of seasons over the past three or four years when they have been serious contenders but have been one short, and it was a keeper they needed".


How lovely. Hopefully, that will have done Karius the power of good.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson is backing new signing Alisson to showcase his skills not only as a goalkeeper but as a playmaker at Anfield.

"He looks cool and calm on the ball and that's what Klopp wants from his goalkeeper, but they were areas that had to be rectified and it looks like majority have been".

With West Ham visiting Anfield for the Premier League opener on Sunday, Klopp withdrew most of his first string, giving run-outs to the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, Danny Ings and Marko Grujic, along with another off-season recruit, Xherdan Shaqiri.

"So at this moment, on paper, Liverpool do look the strongest challengers".

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