Jurgen Klopp dismisses defensive worries after Liverpool beat Torino

Tabitha Dunn
August 8, 2018

"Fabinho, Keita, Alisson are all good players and they give Liverpool strength in depth and competition for places, which does increase performance, but would any of those players get in City's team?"

Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum put Liverpool 2-0 ahead before Belotti's header before Daniel Sturridge scored a late third for the Reds. Having Van Dijk for a full season, you've seen the impact he made after coming in January.

"He can still play as the eight or we could play some games with a double six, Fabinho could play the eight or whatever, that's all possible", Klopp stated as he hinted at a flexible formation for the 2018/19 season.

"I was not surprised, to be honest, but as a human being I was hoping for it, that it would be like this. I don't update each second".

Liverpool fans have been anxious that with Fabinho and Naby Keita's acquisitions, skipper Jordan Henderson may be warming the bench in the coming season but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has allayed those fears even as he revealed that the Englishman may have to adjust his game a fair bit.

"Last season runners up in the league and the FA Cup, ok not good enough for Manchester United but I don't think it's a bad as people are making out".

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But Klopp believes his existing squad members, such as Jordan Henderson, will continue to play a pivotal role as they chase success on multiple fronts. "More consistency - we were not inconsistent, but we can be more consistent", he said. Brazil's number one, who impressed with his performances at the World Cup finals in Russian Federation, will take over the gloves from Loris Karius, who made two mistakes in the Reds' Champions League final defeat.

"But it is Hendo, so to be honest in the first session it looked like he trained for the whole three weeks".

"The mood in the club at the moment is really good and we want to build on that, we want to come even closer".

"He's experienced enough not to bring himself in hard situations where he has to run two or three miles in two minutes".

'He is a very important option but I have no clue what we will do at the weekend.

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