Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius given standing ovation upon Anfield return

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       Liverpool are in a 'sweet spot' and have more optimism going into a new season with huge optimism

Karius came off the bench to replace new £65million signing Alisson, but the Kop showed their support for Karius after what has been a tumultuous summer for the 25-year-old.

Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge all got on the scoresheet for the Reds while midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri provided a sublime assist for the latter's third and final goal.

Carragher is among those feeling confident, with additions suggesting that Liverpool will be in the mix for the Premier League crown as positive foundations from 2017-18 are built upon.

Jürgen Klopp was delighted to see Danny Ings back in action for Liverpool but admitted the striker's options are "open".

"You look at getting to a Champions League final and having Virgil van Dijk for a full season".

"We have to see how he reacts".

"All goalkeepers are different so it takes a bit of time, but this result will help the defence and help him know how we play as well", Robertson said.

Barcelona will have a buy-back option on Yerry Mina
The duo become the second and third players to swap Camp Nou for Goodison Park this summer, following Lucas Digne to Merseyside. The English club will pay Barcelona 30.25 million euros plus 1.5 million euros in variables.

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. But it's happened in a game which will, unfortunately, be remembered for a long time.

Liverpool's title bid does not just depend on how they fare.

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

Jurgen Klopp's side were too clever, quick and powerful for their opponents throughout the game, despite making numerous changes at the break and further substitutions throughout the second half.

Liverpool would score on two occasions moments later.

They finished fourth in last season's table though did reach the final of the Champions League.

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