Liverpool's Loris Karius thanks fans for warm reception in friendly


The Champions League finalists will kick off as second favourites behind Manchester City, and they're seen as the Citizens' main rivals for a reason, as they dished out one of only two City defeats of the Premier League season a year ago.

The £66.8million capture of Alisson from Roma took Klopp's summer spending to over £170m - more than he spent during seven years with Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool fans are hoping fervently that their Croatian defender, who recently shaved his head, can build on his displays at the World Cup and have a strong season for the club.

Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson have meanwhile arrived to boost the club's attempt to challenge for a first league title since 1990.

Klopp is well aware that Liverpool need to eliminate some of the sloppy performances, which left them trailing City in the league last season, and while he is not promising silverware, he expects to see progress.

"What I like about Liverpool is that they've addressed problems".

With their signings, Liverpool have strengthened their goalkeeping, midfield and forward options. There is also a debate to be had about Mane being better than Raheem Sterling, as well as Roberto Firmino's merits against Sergio Aguero.

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But former England midfielder Paul Merson believes the Reds should target a centre-back today with the transfer window closing at 5pm.

"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".

Klopp has an nearly irreplaceable front three at his disposal at Liverpool, but should one of them suffer an injury or receive a suspension, the German has little in reserve apart from Ings and Danirl Sturridge.

"It's like Rangers and Celtic".

"We will see what happens".

Liverpool begin their season by hosting West Ham on Sunday (1.30pm).

It was Phillips' long pass out of defence that instigated Liverpool's second goal of the night.