Liverpool – Torino
7 August 2018, 19:30
Referee Michael Oliver
Who will win?
Hello and welcome to our live text coverage of Liverpool's final pre-season friendly vs Torino!
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Phillips, Moreno, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Torino XI: Sirigu, Bremer, Nkoulou, Izzo, De Silvestri, Baselli, Rincon, Meite, Falque, Berenguer, Belotti.
The first big surprise of the day is Alberto Moreno who… captains the Reds' squad vs the Italian outfit. Yes, you heard it right.
We're just some moments away from the start of the game (photo via Jack Lusby).
The Reds have taken control of the game straight from the start, taking the game to the opponents' half.
Keita loses the ball in the middle of the park in a simple situation before Nkoulou skips past Firmino and Salah for Torino to enjoy some possession.
De Silvestri delivers a cross into the penalty area from the right towards Belotti who tries to volley his shot goalwards but Phillips comes across to block the former's effort!
Alexander-Arnold makes his first trademark run down the right to send the ball over into the box but Salah fails to strike his shot cleanly from close range.
Liverpool are stepping up their pressing, closing down the opposition higher and higher up the pitch.
The Reds orchestrate a very promising attacking move but Salah puts too much power on his defence-splitting pass towards Mane.
Torino attempt to hit Liverpool on the break through Falque who picks out Belotti, only for the latter to be flagged for offside.
PENALTY TO THE REDS! Mane beats Bremer but the latter makes a desperate challenge inside the box to bring down our attacker.
Fabinho MISSES the spot kick, sending the ball wide of the target!
Mind you, Fabinho netted 19 out of 20 penalties during his spell with Monaco.
More stats from Opta: Fabinho converted all 17 of the penalties he attempted in Ligue 1, the highest tally with a 100% success rate in Ligue 1 over the past 10 seasons.
GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAL! Salah drifts infield from the flank before feeding Firmino inside the penalty area to plant an expertly-taken shot into the net!
Alexander-Arnold finds himself unopposed on the right before trying his luck with a low shot but Sirigu makes a save.
GOOOOOAAAAAAL! Salah picks up the ball from Phillips before playing it into the stride of Firmino who puts it through for Wijnaldum to beat Torino's keeper in a one-on-one situation!
There are no signs of stopping for the Reds who launch waves of attack looking to extend their lead further.
We are yet to see Liverpool's defence troubled big time in tonight's game. No danger from Torino to deal with.
GOAL. De Silvestri fires a cross into the box from the right after escaping a challenge from Moreno for Belotti to slot in a bullet header.
De Silvestri again threatens down the right but Moreno rises to the challenge this time to block the former's shot.
Wijnaldum finds Salah who bursts into the penalty box at full speed but fails to take a shot as the wall of the opposition defenders rises in front of him.
Torino win a free-kick in a dangerous area as Phillips brings down Belotti with a quite risky tackle that could actually see him booked.
Double chance for Liverpool! Wijnaldum moves clear on goal before unleashing a shot but Torino's keeper parries his effort away only as far as TTA who attempts to seize on the rebound but Berenguer clears off the goal-line!
Torino spring a fast break down the left via Baselli and Falque but the Reds quickly regroup to remove the danger.
HT: Liverpool 2–1 Torino. The Reds are in front thanks to goals from Firmino and Wijnaldum. Fabinho missed a spot-kick, slightly worsening his penalty-conversion ratio. Belotti pulled one goal back for the visitors. It was a quite entertaining first half, with both sides attacking at first opportunity. Although Moreno captains Liverpool's squad, it doesn't seem to have boosted his performance levels much as the biggest threat from the opposition was coming from our left-back area.
Second half is underway!
Torino win a free-kick before the set piece is delivered into our penalty box. Nkoulou hits the deck and appeals for a penalty but the ref waves play on.
Shaqiri works a corner for the Reds passing the ball to Jones who unleashes a long-range effort but the ball flies wide.
Sturridge motors into the penalty box before supplying Ings with a lovely ball but the latter fails to trouble the opposition keeper.
The Reds spring another promising move, only for Shaqiri to put too much power on his cross towards Sturridge inside the box.
Fabinho is now still deployed at the centre-back. That's his actually his second game in this position. Klopp really has some plans for the Brazilian in this unusual role for him.
Shaqiri orchestrates another attacking move by picking out TTA on the right before the right-back finds Sturridge inside the box but Liverpool's forward has his shot from close distance saved by Sirigu!
Shaqiri and Alexander-Arnold again combine well as TTA crosses into the penalty area towards Ings who fails to beat Sirigu with his effort!
Torino attempt to hit the Reds on the break as Belotti feeds Eder who rifles a shot from a tight angle before Alisson makes a very comfortable save.
Hendo makes his first appearance for Liverpool since the World Cup. A standing ovation for the captain from the Anfield crowd!
And now Karius receives his portion of applause from Liverpool fans as he replaces Alisson. A top gesture from the Reds supporters!
Sturridge strikes a powerful shot that Sirigu saves but our strikers has already been flagged for offside.
Lallana finds Sturridge in a wide area as Liverpool's attacker drills a cross into the penalty box but the opposition remove the danger.
Even Jurgen Klopp is surprised as Jones throws himself with a very determined challenge to recover the ball. The youngster's motivation to impress the manager is sky high now.
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL! Shaqiri produces an amazing high cross into the box from a difficult angle for Sturridge to head the ball home from close range in emphatic fashion!
Niang wins an individual duel against Karius following a delivery into the penalty area but puts the ball wide of the goal post!
FT: Liverpool 3–1 Torino. The Reds end their preseason with a quality win. A £13m rated Shaqiri looks now as a real bargain of the season, with Sturridge coming close to rediscover his best form. It's all good at the moment. Bring on the weekend! That's all from us, thank you for your company and until next time!
Roberto Firmino Salvatore Sirigu
Georginio Wijnaldum Salvatore Sirigu
Andrea Belotti Loris Karius
Daniel Sturridge On Roberto Firmino Off
Adam Lallana On Mohamed Salah Off
Xherdan Shaqiri On Sadio Mané Off
Andrew Robertson On Alberto Moreno Off
Curtis Jones On Naby Keïta Off
Marko Grujić On Georginio Wijnaldum Off
Danny Ings On Virgil van Dijk Off
Simone Edera On Iago Falqué Off
Nathaniel Clyne On Trent Alexander-Arnold Off
Emiliano Moretti On Armando Izzo Off
Jordan Henderson On Fabinho Off
Cristian Ansaldi On Daniele Baselli Off
Loris Karius On Alisson Off
Mirko Valdifiori On Álex Berenguer Off
M'Baye Niang On Andrea Belotti Off
Saša Lukić On Tomás Rincón Off
Daniel Sturridge Salvatore Sirigu
George Johnston On N. Phillips Off
Erick Ferigra On Nicolas N`Koulou Off
Vittorio Parigini On Lorenzo De Silvestri Off
Rafael Camacho On Curtis Jones Off