Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed the news to Liverpool’s official website: “It’s pretty likely (he’ll make his debut)”.
But he also seems to breed a confidence amongst his teammates, and fans, that just wasn’t there under either ‘keeper, particularly Karius. He has used that time to have a strong pre-season for the Reds, and is keen to help them bounce back from their Champions League final disappointment after sitting out much of 2017/18 with injury.
A meeting with Torino at Anfield on Tuesday is Liverpool’s last friendly assignment before their Premier League campaign begins at home to West Ham United next Sunday.
Milner had put the Reds in front earlier in the game before Gini Wijnaldum doubled their lead.
Milner then turned provider four minutes later as his cross from a short corner was nodded in by Wijnaldum.
Liverpool’s new goalkeeper, Alisson has rejected the opportunity to take Loris Karius’ No.1 shirt at the club.
Some Liverpool fans on Twitter are already loving Naby Keita.
Roberto Firmino could feature for Liverpool this weekend after returning for pre-season training.
Adam Lallana is upbeat about Liverpool’s prospects in the upcoming season.
And Virgil Van Dijk made sure to show his appreciation to Alisson for starting off the move.
Whereas Firmino is fain to drop deep and leave space for Mane and Salah, Sturridge spends far longer facing the opposition goal.
With both sides throwing on substitutes in the second half, the game lost its rhythm, but Liverpool’s superiority was unmistakable before Sturridge added a fourth, and Alberto Moreno a fifth with a vicious strike.
Fellow summer signing and Brazilian Fabinho is also yet to be assigned a permanent number at Liverpool and has been wearing No. 3 in preseason.
Manchester City will be favourites for the Premier League, of course, but if they slip up, Liverpool look ready to take advantage.