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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius given standing ovation upon Anfield return

10 August 2018

Although new goalkeeper Alisson started the game in goal, he was replaced by Loris Karius in the closing stages.

The Reds have invested £67 million ($87m) worth of faith in the Brazil global after losing trust in last season's goalkeeping options.

You put the players in this Liverpool squad down on paper and Klopp could pick two very competitive teams that would be capable of winning matches in the Premier League and Champions League on a consistent basis.

The money Liverpool have spent both this summer and in acquiring Virgil van Dijk last January has been sizeable, but the snipes from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suggesting Klopp has joined the big spenders league have been laughable.

"He said: "[I'm] not sure, don't know - we have to see how he reacts.

It is a shame Ings didn't reach the heights he displayed at Burnley during his time at Anfield, nevertheless this is a move that needed to happen this summer. Yes I think it is possible.

How lovely. Hopefully, that will have done Karius the power of good.

"That's not to say the guy they have signed is a great goalkeeper".

When the duo came together to provide the latest moment of magic, it was all the Kopites needed to reckon their side are more ready than ever for the Premier League season.

Some last-ditch defending prevented Liverpool from regaining their two-goal cushion on the stroke of half time, with Sirigu thwarting Wijnaldum after the midfielder had made another run beyond the Liverpool attack, and Alex Berenguer cleared Alexander-Arnold's follow-up off the line.

Liverpool finished 25 points adrift of champions Manchester City last season, but they have enjoyed a positive pre-season and will open the new campaign in buoyant mood at home to West Ham on Sunday.

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius given standing ovation upon Anfield return