Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Alisson Becker given provisional squad number ahead of first Liverpool start

Liverpool Mignolet
Chelsea Rogers | 04 August, 2018, 20:56

The winger is a doubt for Saturday's friendly against Sere A's side Napoli in Dublin.

"The club will announce Alisson's permanent number in due course, and that of fellow summer signing Fabinho, who has provisionally been wearing no.3 in pre-season".

The report claims that Bayer Leverkusen, who sold Bernd Leno to Arsenal last month, are keen to get the 25-year-old on board as they search for a new goalkeeper.

It's clear that both players are waiting for other numbers to be made available before they have their official numbers confirmed.

Loris Karius now occupies the No. 1 squad number at Liverpool, while Simon Mignolet, who could leave Anfield this summer, wears No. 22.

Secretary of State Pompeo Meets with Turkey's Foreign Minister in Singapore
Pompeo discussed the detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson , who has been in custody in Turkey since 2016 on terror charges. The United States has also been seeking the release of three locally employed embassy staff detained in Turkey.

Adam Lallana believes this is the season that Liverpool have to take the next step and finally win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp. We planned it a long, long time ago - it was still last season when we said we wanted to have this game, to make it possible for all the people in Liverpool to come to Anfield.

Asked about his team selection, the manager told Liverpoolfc.com: "Naby didn't play two or three games, Gini didn't play a lot of games - so they start today".

The choice of goalkeeper, the luckless Loris Karius - then the urgency with which Liverpool have sought out a replacement, Alisson Becker, has helped embolden supporters in the belief that for 2018-19, the club are adequately staffed now in their problem position. Each player in the world needs training and time to adapt to his mates.

"It's only positive, even the performances in training - which is not too important in the beginning - are already exceptional, so all good".

Jurgen Klopp's side begin their Premier League season at home to West Ham on August 12.

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