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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the Premier League will be difficult this season

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits the Premier League will be difficult this season

In the second half at Anfield midfielders Fabinho - who missed an early penalty - and Marko Grujic both filled in as Van Dijk only played 45 minutes but Klopp is not anxious ahead of Sunday's visit of West Ham. "I think everyone knew from his first interview he spoke very good English so the settling-in period is over for him and I think he is very much part of the squad", Robertson added. It is nothing serious but it was not possible tonight as he played on Saturday, ' said Klopp.

Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum were on target in the first half for a strong-starting Reds XI that featured three summer signings - goalkeeper Alisson and midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho, the latter of whom missed the chance to open the scoring from the penalty spot after Sadio Mane had been fouled in the box. They should lineup with the same back four as they fielded in Kiev, with youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold set to get the nod over compatriot Nathaniel Clyne, bolstered by his World Cup experience.

New goalkeeper Alisson started for Liverpool, before Loris Karius was given a rousing reception when he replaced the Brazilian in the second half, just over two months after suffering concussion and making two terrible errors in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid.

Klopp is well aware that Liverpool need to eliminate some of the sloppy performances, which left them trailing City in the league last season, and while he is not promising silverware, he expects to see progress.

"I was not surprised, to be honest, but as a human being I was hoping for it, that it would be like this".

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

"When Manchester United visit Anfield in December, I'm sure they'll use every trick in the book to try to wind him up!"

"The mood in the club at the moment is really good and we want to build on that, we want to come even closer".

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

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