Alisson makes smooth start to Liverpool career as Reds hammer Napoli 5-0 in Dublin

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Alisson kept a clean sheet for Liverpool in his first match

Alisson Becker made a smooth start to his Liverpool career with a clean sheet in a 5-0 pre-season friendly win over Napoli in Dublin.

The £65million Brazil goalkeeper played the full 90 minutes with no mishaps, as James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno were all on target for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Everton were beaten 3-2 by Valencia at Goodison Park in their last pre-season game.

Cenk Tosun and Michael Keane were on the scoresheet for the Toffees after Rodrigo Moreno twice put the Spanish side ahead, with Daniel Wass’ 75th-minute goal clinching victory for the visitors.

Arsenal beat Lazio 2-0 in Stockholm with goals from Reiss Nelson and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while a young Tottenham side went down 4-1 against Girona after Lucas Moura had opened the scoring for Spurs.

Newcastle suffered a 1-0 defeat to Augsburg thanks to Michael Gregoritsch’s second-half header while Bournemouth beat Marseille 5-2. Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson, Joshua King (two) and Adam Smith scored for the Cherries.

In Saturday’s other pre-season friendlies involving Premier League clubs, Wolves beat Villarreal 2-1, Crystal Palace claimed a 4-1 win over Toulouse, Cardiff were beaten 2-1 by Real Betis and Southampton lost 3-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach.

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Liverpool could make sensational swoop for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

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Liverpool could be interested in signing Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal, it has been claimed.

Welsh wizard Ramsey is entering the last 12 months of his Arsenal contract and has yet to agree a new deal.

And Ian McGarry claims the Reds are interested in bringing the 27-year-old midfielder to Anfield ahead of deadline day.

“There’s a little bit of interest from Liverpool, I understand,” McGarry told the Transfer Window podcast.

“I think there’s no vacancy at Liverpool right now following the arrival of Fabinho and Naby Keita but Ramsey would certainly be a very good addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad as a creative box-to-box midfielder.

“So, Ramsey is taking time and quite rightly to weigh up his options.”

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Rhian Brewster and Ben Woodburn among five Liverpool youngsters eyeing first team action

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Rhian Bewster in action against Sydney FC in 2017

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have grabbed all the headlines with the big name signings they have brought in over the last few months.

But underneath that layer of headline acts there is a talented bunch of youngsters just itching to grab their chance in the spotlight.

Here are the top five talents who will be hoping to break into the first team squad this season.

Rhian Brewster

Still just 18, the young striker is one of the hottest properties not just in England but throughout Europe. The London-raised teenager has already tasted success winning the Under-17 World Cup with England last year and scooping up the Golden Boot with eight goals in the process.

Such is his growing reputation that Tottenham and Arsenal came knocking in June to try and lure him away from Liverpool, who he joined from Chelsea in 2014. The Reds managed to lock him down on a long-term deal early in July but only once he was given the assurance that he would see some first team action this season so expect to see a lot more of the youngster very soon.

Curtis Jones with Jurgen Klopp

Jones with Jurgen Klopp

Curtis Jones

Only 17, the Liverpool born and raised Jones has impressed all with his performances in the pre-season campaign. Whether it’s against Chester at the humble Deva Stadium or Manchester United in front of over 100,000, the proud Scouser has remained cool and calm.

A very talented midfield player with known for his passing and keen eye for goal, netting 18 for the U-18 and U-19 teams in 2017-18. Versatility is another one of his attributes as he can play anywhere across midfield. Jones has been with Liverpool since U-9 level and is an England U-17 international. After making his U-23 debut in January 2018, he signed his first professional deal with the Reds on February 1.

Nathaniel Phillips against Blackburn

Phillips against Blackburn

Nathaniel Phillips

Centre half has long been one of Liverpool’s problem areas but in the 21-year-old Phillips the Reds look like they have one in the making. A towering defender, Nat (as he is known) was previously with Bolton Wanderers where he spent many years with their academy. He arrived at Melwood just before the start of the 2016-17 season following a successful trial.

He has already shown in pre-season he is a brave defender who will put his body on the line for the team cause, one block on Alexis Sanchez perfectly displaying his commitment. Awarded the captain’s armband at U-23 level last season, he also found himself regularly training with the first-team squad at Melwood.

Rafael Camacho against Bury

Camacho against Bury

Rafael Camacho

Remember the name. Another of the Reds talented teenagers, at just 18 Camacho can play anywhere across the forward line – or as he has proven in pre-season even in midfield or defence as required. Being a speedy full-back raiding down the touchline might be his true calling, in the mould of another terrific teenager, 19-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Born in Portugal and a Portuguese U-17 international, Camacho joined the Reds academy at the end of 2015-16 following a successful trial. After an impressive 2017-18 campaign, he featured for the U-18 and made his debut at U23 level.

Camacho then found himself training regularly at Melwood towards the end of the campaign and was named on the first-team bench for the Merseyside derby with Everton at Goodison Park, along with Curtis Jones. He netted some spectacular strikes in 2017-18 including a hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers and finished with 14 goals at U-18 and U-19 level.

Ben Woodburn coming on for Mohamed Salah

Woodburn coming on for Mohamed Salah

Ben Woodburn

With an incredibly talented group of youngsters emerging this pre-season at Liverpool, it’s almost possible to forget that Woodburn is still just 18. The Welsh international became the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool history when he scored against Leeds in an EFL Cup quarter-final in November 2016 aged just 17 years, one month and 14 days.

Born 20 miles away from Liverpool in nearby Chester, Woodburn initially joined the club’s academy as an U-7 player and is capable of playing anywhere across the front line and, as he has shown during preseason, the midfield as well. In September 2017 he made his stunning debut for Wales as a substitute in a World Cup qualifier with Austria in Cardiff, coming off the bench to score a sublime 25-yard winner.

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