Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Liverpool vs Napoli Preview: Alisson to make Reds debut in Dublin

Liverpool vs Napoli Preview: Alisson to make Reds debut in Dublin

"A well-rounded goalkeeper is just as important".

Since linking up with his new Liverpool teammates in France, there has been speculation over what number Alisson would wear this season.

Liverpool geared up for the new season with a thumping 5-0 win over Italian side Napoli.

Both Firmino and Alexander-Arnold returned to train with the rest of the squad this week after being given extended time off following their involvement in the World Cup knockout stages.

"Step by step, they are all coming back and it's the best news".

Liverpool conclude their preseason on Tuesday when they host Torino at Anfield ahead of their Premier League opener with West Ham United on Aug 12.

They have had to be patient, but it looks like Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita may have been worth the wait.

Here's how to watch Liverpool vs. Napoli in their pre-season friendly on Saturday evening (6pm BST), live online and on TV around the world.

James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum netted early goals for Liverpool before Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno added to the scoreline after half-time. The Swiss with the well-developed upper-body looks an appropriate back-up for either of the wider positions - Salah, or Sadio Mane - in Klopp's trusted front three.

He was one of several players, including Roberto Firmino, who missed the US pre-season tour due to World Cup commitments.

And Virgil Van Dijk made sure to show his appreciation to Alisson for starting off the move.

It was a stroll for Liverpool from that point, but fans of the club still had plenty to be optimistic about. Xherdan Shaqiri replaced Firmino at half-time and played nearly as a false-nine, dropping deep and looking to pick out the runs of Salah and Firmino.

Fellow summer signing and Brazilian Fabinho is also yet to be assigned a permanent number at Liverpool and has been wearing No. 3 in preseason.

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