Liverpool lay down the gauntlet to Man City on opening weekend


The first return on that investment came in Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of a limited West Ham that even Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted "are not the Uniteds or Citys".

The Reds underlined their Premier League title credentials with a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of West Ham in their first game at Anfield.

There was little tinkering for Klopp to do up front after Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 91 goals last season, and they again provided the firepower to outclass a sorry West Ham despite their own near £100 million outlay on nine new players.

It fuels the optimism that this will be the season when the club ends it's long wait for a first league title in the Premier League era, but I would strike some notes of caution when it comes to making that kind of bold prediction.

Liverpool would discover as much eventually, but when he initially arrived at Anfield 5 years ago it seemed that he had finally found the flawless environment for his maverick style to flourish.

"It's really important for us to get a good result".

The Egypt global, who scored 44 times last term, opened the scoring after 19 minutes at Anfield.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago", he said on the eve of the season, invoking the underdog spirit of the fictional American boxer.

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Felipe Anderson showed mere glimpses of his talent on the odd opportunity to run at Robertson down West Ham's right, while Jack Wilshere failed to grasp the midfield alongside new teammates Mark Noble and Declan Rice, with the latter being substituted at half time. This is what I believe we have the ability to now overcome, and that is down to the addition of one man.

Poor defending cost them a second goal just before the interval, to Sadio Mane, who added a third after 53 minutes from an offside position.

"We prepared for the match well, but this is a very new team and we still have a way to go to get to our best form".

'It has been really good since I arrived here, ' Fabinho said.

"What Gini and Millie did was quite impressive, I have to say". That's how it is, they know that and we know that and we have to be ready week in, week out for all the different challenges.

"I think Liverpool played better than us".

"In the first game you could be nervous". The 28-year-old has always been a talented player capable of being a difference-maker on his day, but he is also arguably one of the most frustrating footballers England has ever produced.

The game featured the debuts of Alisson Becker in goal, and Naby Keita in the midfield.