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Liverpool fans make a valid point after Jurgen Klopp names Moreno captain v Torino

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Liverpool face Torino at Anfield on Tuesday night in their final pre-season friendly match.

The Reds are due to kick off their 2018/19 Premier League campaign on Sunday afternoon against West Ham.

Jurgen Klopp's summer signings have featured heavily in an impressive pre-season.

They've only lost one of their eight outings - and convincingly thrashed Napoli 5-0 on Saturday in Dublin.

Manchester City are heavy favourites to retain the title but Liverpool are considered their most likely challengers by the bookies.

New signings Naby Keita, Fabinho and Alisson were all named in the starting XI to face Torino, while Xherdan Shaqiri was on the bench.

Joe Gomez reportedly picked up a knock so Virgil van Dijk will be partnered by academy player Nat Phillips once again.

Moreno named captain

Andrew Robertson was rested for Liverpool's final friendly and second choice left-back Alberto Moreno was named as captain by Klopp.

The 26-year-old Spaniard has spent four years on Merseyside but is still yet to fully convince the Liverpool supporters.

You can understand their bewilderment - he's only spent six months at Liverpool but Van Dijk has all the characteristics of a world-class captain.

The 27-year-old was named Netherlands captain earlier in 2018 and has previously worn the armband for Southampton.

Jordan Henderson has been Liverpool's captain since 2015 but his spot in Klopp's starting XI is under threat following the arrival of Fabinho and Keita.

He'll certainly miss the opening fixture following his extended World Cup with England.

Moreno and Van Dijk had the summer off but Klopp believes Henderson is finally getting the credit he deserves for his country.

"Finally, they see Jordan Henderson," said Klopp during England's impressive World Cup, as per the Livepool Echo.

"Before that maybe he was too easily overseen. Someone needs to do the work in the midfield like Hendo.

"But he's not only a work force, he's also a really good footballer. I am happy for him that he now gets at least a little bit of the light. It's well deserved."

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The energetic 28-year-old midfielder linked up with his Liverpool teammates this week after being forbidden from returning to pre-season training early.

“It was a hard fight to convince him that he needed a holiday,” said Klopp. “I knew it would happen.

"On the phone I said 'crazy'. Jordan needs a holiday."

It's anyone's guess who will be captaining Liverpool against West Ham on Sunday.

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Topics:
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Naby Keita
Fabinho Henrique Tavares
Alisson Becker
Xherdan Shaqiri
Virgil van Dijk
Alberto Moreno
Joe Gomez
Jurgen Klopp
Premier League
Jordan Henderson
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