Alisson Becker given provisional squad number ahead of first Liverpool start

Alisson Becker given provisional squad number ahead of first Liverpool start

Liverpool's new goalkeeper, Alisson has rejected the opportunity to take Loris Karius' No.1 shirt at the club.

Since linking up with his new Liverpool teammates in France, there has been speculation over what number Alisson would wear this season.

There is no doubt Karius was disappointed by the arrival of the Brazilian, but the wonderful gesture is sure to soften the blow for the now second-choice goalkeeper.

Belgian forward Dries Mertens has not yet returned to training after helping his national team clinch third place in the World Cup.

They all come as complete newcomers to English football, and the adjustment to it tends to take a few weeks, not least in a team like Klopp's Liverpool, with their idiosyncratic rhythms, their crescendos of high-intensity football and phases of lower-intensity recuperation.

Liverpool produced a superb display to defeat Napoli 5-0 in Dublin in their penultimate pre-season friendly on Saturday evening.

Liverpool entertain Italian side Torino at Anfield on Tuesday before they open their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on 12 August. He and Fabinho come in to fortify a midfield that will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for at least the rest of this calendar year because of the England player's serious ligament damage, sustained in April.

They haven't lost any stars either, but it's the old reliables of James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum who have put the Reds ahead in the early going at the Aviva.

Roberto Firmino makes his first appearance of pre-season as he starts up front with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in support meaning Xherdan Shaqiri is names among the substitutes.

Liverpool look ready for the start of the season.

Andrew Robertson, as always, was a risky attacking outlet on the left, Joe Gomez is an interesting option to start next to Virgil van Dijk in central defence and Milner was effective in midfield, pressing and using the ball intelligently.

Liverpool fans are loving the centre-back's gesture.

Liverpool released an official statement announcing Alisson's "provisional" number, and confirmed that the goalkeeper will be assigned an official number in due course.

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