Klopp predicts 'magic things with formation' due to injury crisis

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The bar has been raised by Manchester City and the Premier League title hopefuls know they will have little room for error if they are to challenge Pep Guardiola's side this season.

Jordan Henderson came on as a second-half substitute against Torino to make his first appearance of the summer, having been granted extra time off following the World Cup.

Liverpool were able to field only one senior centre-back in the 3-1 friendly win over Torino last night.

Carragher is among those feeling confident, with additions suggesting that Liverpool will be in the mix for the Premier League crown as positive foundations from 2017-18 are built upon.

"We have a few days, I like that", Klopp continued. "That's cool", said Klopp, discussing the optimism over the upcoming season. "If things were fixed with just one line-up and all the others were only needed when the rest are ill that would be the wrong way and we'd have no chance".

Jurgen Klopp started his first-choice front three ahead of Sunday's top-flight opener against West Ham United and last-season's 44-goal hero Mohamed Salah was close to latching onto Trent Alexander-Arnold's seventh-minute cross.

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"It is really nice to see how he developed".

As it stands, the gaffer has only two fit central defenders with both Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan sidelined with hip and hamstring problems respectively.

"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".

"That's the situation in the moment".

Lovren's not quite been up to scratch at despite arriving at Anfield on the back of a burgeoning reputation from Southampton for a fee of £20 million four years ago.

"Hopefully he will go on to be a great goalkeeper and be remembered for that but Liverpool had to make a change because I think there would be no belief in Liverpool actually, never mind winning a league but challenging for the league with the two goalkeepers they had". "But I'm happy we can start at the weekend because pre-season is good but the season is better still".