Fabinho, Keita debut in Liverpool's friendly romp


In case you've been caught up in all the World Cup madness and forgotten, the 25-year old gifted Karim Benzema the opener by rolling the ball out to him, before spilling Gareth Bale's long-range shot late on. So, from this point of view, from my side everything is fine.

Following Saturday's game, manager Jurgen Klopp - who hasn't shown a lot of faith in the former Manchester City and Chelsea striker - claimed to be impressed with the player's performance.

Klopp went on to argue that Karius' mistakes could be explained by concussion, even though he did not want to use it as an excuse for Liverpool's defeat.

Days after the final, it emerged that Karius had undergone medical examinations that confirmed he had suffered a concussion in a clash with Sergio Ramos.

"They come back before the tour to America - the 20th, I think", he said. "The game was not good, it looked stiff", Klopp added. I said: OK, give me a few minutes, I have to fix a few things.

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"Now people could think for us it is the explanation - and for me it is 100 per cent the explanation and that's all". But now I know a concussion isn't coming and going in a day - if you have one, you see it days later.

"We are in July, we started the preseason a year ago in July, so for 12 months these boys have had three weeks off".

Sturridge left Liverpool on loan last January to join West Brom, but rather unsurprisingly he spent most of his time at the Hawthorns on the physio table.

The German has already signed Naby Keita and Fabinho this summer after a campaign in which he led the Reds to the Champions League final. "A very positive week, very positive today, he looked really good".

"They have to do a lot of fitness work in the U.S. and we will see when they can play or whatever".