Friday, 17 August, 2018

Liverpool Get Off To Quickfire Start Against Napoli At The Aviva

EPL: Why Alisson refused to take Liverpool's No.1 shirt from Karius Liverpool have 'all the ingredients' to win titles, Lallana says
Sergio Cook | 04 August, 2018, 21:58

Liverpool signed the 25-year-old Brazil global from Roma, smashing the world record for a keeper in a deal worth £68m.

The Anfield outfit concluded their pre-season preparations by facing Napoli in a friendly in Ireland earlier tonight, with the score presently 5-0 to the English side.

The Anfield club have made progress during the German's reign, but they have also lost in three cup finals - the League Cup, Europa League and Champions League.

Liverpool have announced that Alisson Becker will wear the No. 13 shirt for their friendly with Napoli, but stressed the goalkeeper's squad number is yet to be confirmed.

Belgian forward Dries Mertens has not yet returned to training after helping his national team clinch third place in the World Cup.

"He's a big player, at times he did well for us", Adam told the BBC.

"We have two games to do that before we start, so it's really good".

The news comes after reports claimed Alisson had decided not to take the number one jersey at Liverpool out of respect for Karius, whom he was brought in to replace as the starting goalkeeper.

Liverpool's Naby Keita also gets a start in the side alongside James Milner - both Fabinho and Shaqiri are part of the extensive substitutes tonight.

Summer signing Alisson - the world's most expensive goalkeeper - will make his debut for the Reds.

"He obviously has a real presence, he's smart, he's very nice and it's good to have him around", Klopp continued. "What it means for the league we will see".

"I feel at home already" with Liverpool after he completed his first training session with his new club.

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