Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius given standing ovation upon Anfield return

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       Liverpool are in a 'sweet spot' and have more optimism going into a new season with huge optimism

Liverpool finished their pre-season on a high with a 3-1 win over Torino in the final friendly before their season opener against West Ham United on Sunday.

Yet their biggest deal was the arrival of Alisson Becker, who will shore up the defence from between the sticks and ruin Loris Karius' Liverpool career to even greater extent.

Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri all made their home debuts, while captain Jordan Henderson appeared for the first time since returning from the World Cup.

Manchester United signed Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk as their marquee addition.

"You don't really know the team, you don't really know the players, you don't know how they're going to perform from one week to the next".

Liverpool made Alisson the most expensive goalkeeper in history when they signed him from Roma for £66million.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said Karius' warm reception would be a boost to the club's entire goalkeeping cadre.

The visitors rarely threatened but pulled a goal back through Andrea Belotti's powerful close-range header. "Hendo needs a pre-season but not as much as the others as he has not had long off". However, don't be surprised if you see a fair few familiar faces leave Anfield during today's antics.

I don't like the way the game has gone in terms of the mega-spending on average players, but Neymar's move to Paris Saint-Germain last summer inflated the market to ridiculous levels and it means that fourth choice left-backs are now worth £20m.

Liverpool fans have had all their dreams answered throughout this summer's transfer window, and it'll be interesting to see if the Merseyside club's boss Jurgen Klopp has anything up his sleeve on deadline day.

While Liverpool will be aiming to challenge the likes of Manchester City and Manchester United for the Premier League title this season, West Ham will be looking to break into the top six.

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