Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Alisson reportedly handed the number one shirt at Liverpool

Alisson reportedly handed the number one shirt at Liverpool

Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri have also been added to the Liverpool squad this summer, leading to a feeling on Merseyside that the Reds can challenge for major honours in 2018-19.

Liverpool face potential defensive problems ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener against West Ham United, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez their only senior centre-backs fit and available, coach Jürgen Klopp said.

In the past year we've seen the world record transfer fee more than doubled, Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid and Crystal Palace sign literal Max Meyer.

'We do not know what will happen in the future but I am very good here.

Fellow defenders Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan are struggling with hip and hamstring injuries respectively, while Croatia global Dejan Lovren only returned from his post-World Cup holiday on Monday.

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"Dejan didn't train so far", Klopp said. Alisson was unsurprisingly their primary target having been linked with him extensively for several months, and he pulled on a Liverpool shirt for the first time on Saturday in their penultimate pre-season friendly. We have very good players, there is a good atmosphere.It's a bit like the French team: there is a mix between young and old, with more experienced players than others.

He had a significant impact with Liverpool in the Premier League as the Reds secured a top-four spot, as well as leading Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League final.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists Jordan Henderson remains an important player at the club.

"He was for a long time in his youth an outfield player [and] he must have been a very good outfield player as well because he's really good in that".

"We need to be ready each week, not only for a few games".

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