Liverpool face fitness concerns in defence for West Ham opener - Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool star Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is set to miss the majority of the season

Liverpool star Alex Oxlade Chamberlain is set to miss the majority of the season

The signs look great for Liverpool ahead of next weekend's Premier League kick-off, with Brazil goalkeeper Alisson keeping a clean sheet on his debut in the 5-0 demolition of Carlo Ancelotti's side in Dublin.

Fekir was close to signing for the Anfield club before the World Cup with the deal going as far as the player picking a shirt number and conducting an interview with the in-house TV Channel.

The France worldwide has returned to pre-season training after winning the World Cup in Russian Federation last month.

Souness, however, was not entirely convinced by the Brazilian's contribution and question Alisson's experience at a top European club - The 25-year-old only played 64 games in his two seasons at previous side Roma.

The Reds were in impressive form as they reached the Champions League final last term but they ended up losing to Real Madrid 3-1 back in May.

He has featured between the sticks against Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Manchester United in recent outings.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain was injured in Liverpool's clash with Roma in April
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain was injured in Liverpool's clash with Roma in April

Sarri acknowledges he has plenty of technical ability, speed and quality in finding a killer pass.

Today, Chelsea are linked with Liverpool target Nabil Fekir... I am very happy here.

Momentum has been building on the red half of Merseyside with positive results in pre-season, as well as a very strong performance in the summer transfer window.

"Hendo is so important to us, not only as a player but also as a person and as a leader", Klopp told the Liverpool Echo. I feel great in the group. He probably won't play Tuesday and Sunday will be very hard as well.

"It is a bit like the French national team: a mixture of youngster and older players, with some players more experienced than others".

"We don't know what will happen in the future but I am very happy at Lyon".

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