Jurgen Klopp makes Premier League demand of his players

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Liverpool's final game of pre-season ended with a 3-1 victory over Torino. "He probably won't play Tuesday and Sunday will be very hard as well", continued the German, who is known to stick to a very rigorous training strategy.

"I think yes", Klopp said.

After receiving the ball on the edge of the box, the Swiss worldwide leaves possession for Nathaniel Clyne before taking the ball back off the England defender and dinking the ball over the top of the Torino defence for Daniel Sturridge to head home unmarked from close range.

Henderson played a crucial role in England's run to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but his club manager asserted that he didn't need to see the midfielder's displays in Russian Federation to be convinced of his qualities.

Italy global Andrea Belotti pulled one back for the visitors with a powerful header, but after Klopp made a raft of substitutions, Daniel Sturridge nodded in a Xherdan Shaqiri cross to score for the third friendly in a row.

The 25-year-old endured a nightmare outing in the Champions League final in May, and has since struggled throughout pre-season and seen his place as No. 1 usurped.

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Liverpool's first Premier League game of 2018-19 is against West Ham at Anfield on 12 August (13:30 BST). There is a good group, very homogeneous.

Klopp swapped seven of his starting lineup at half time and the intensity of Liverpool's second-half performance inevitably suffered.

"I was not surprised, to be honest, but as a human being I was hoping for it, that it would be like this".

Klopp has not ruled out captain Jordan Henderson featuring on Sunday despite only returning to training at the weekend. "I still remember the Burnley game (at Turf Moor in August 2016) when we lost 2-0 with 80 per cent possession".

'I am not sure but it is Hendo.

'He was in a really good shape so we thought a few minutes tonight would be possible.

"Today he looked at home, he looked comfortable and when he was called upon he made the saves he had to make, so long may that continue and that will give him more confidence than he has already got and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the season ahead".

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