Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius given standing ovation upon Anfield return

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius given standing ovation upon Anfield return

With Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan all carrying injuries, Virgil van Dijk cruised through the first half alongside Under-23 defender Nathaniel Philips.

But we want to know which ones make it into the starting line-up for the opener against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday. But for tonight, the two available played.

Alisson was making his first appearance for the Reds in Dublin following his World Cup campaign with Brazil and according to Scotland defeder Roberston, the new boy has settled in well on Merseyside.

"I thought he looked very comfortable and I think we adapted to him quite easily".

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all made their Anfield debuts for Liverpool, with the latter impressing with an assist for Daniel Sturridge to score the third goal after Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum had given the hosts a 2-0 lead.

There was also another promising display from 21-year-old Nathaniel Phillips, who played nearly the full 90 minutes at centre-back, and a nice moment midway through the second half when Loris Karius, whose errors contributed to Liverpool's defeat in last season's Champions League final, replaced Alisson to huge cheers from the home crowd.

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"As a human being I was hoping for it, that it would be like this", Klopp told reporters after the game.

"We will see what happens", he started.

In the biggest moment of his young career, two incredible errors from Karius proved to be the difference between the Reds and Real Madrid, with the goalkeeper tearfully apologising to traveling Liverpool fans after the final whistle.

Klopp has not ruled out captain Jordan Henderson featuring on Sunday despite only returning to training at the weekend.

"I am not sure, but it is Hendo".

"We have a few days [to prepare], I like that".

It adds up to an exciting team and by getting their major transfer business done early, Klopp has had time to integrate his new signings into the squad over the course of the pre-season tour of America.

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