Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on target as Liverpool rout West Ham

Irene MckinneyAug 13, 2018

Not our words, reader, but the words of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in his programme notes ahead of his side's Premier League opener against West Ham United this afternoon.

Salah's goal featured an important contribution from new signing Naby Keita, who cost 50 million pounds ($63.84m) from RB Leipzig. I shall break it down in the form of snippets below with the aid of animations to back my points.

It is no secret to anyone in football that Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side are a rising force in English football again.

West Ham won just three away games last season and are the team with most losses on the opening day of the Premier League with their record standing at 11. Liverpool is fully expected to take all three points here in what could be another fine attacking display.

"But it also means that if Liverpool do not go close, they may find themselves back in familiar territory in 12 months' time, behind those who usually invest more but are rebuilding going into this campaign".

Q. How much are you looking forward to being back at Anfield and how are you finding life at West Ham? He can play different positions of course, but I think No.8 is his best in the moment, so that's all cool.

Sturridge added another, underlining West Ham's wretchedness. "We realised it was a very positive atmosphere around us in pre-season".

New signings Fabinho and Naby Keita were there from the start, Xherdan Shaqiri joined up with the team on their tour of the United States while goalkeeper Alisson has two friendlies under his belt to settle the nerves. It's only the start, and we know that, but for a start it was really good.

However, if the new players failed to bed down quickly, and the Reds struggled to stay in the top four, then the halo above Klopp could quickly start to fade. The manager said: "After six weeks in I don't see a difference between a new player and another player".

He scored in the 4-1 win over West Ham at Anfield last season and is a good bet to repeat the feat. "We know that and we have to be ready week-in, week-out for all the challenges".

Coming up against MFS presents an enormous challenge but as it is the first game of the season I feel like we can learn a lot from playing against such a fluid and risky front 3 and take what we have learnt from that into the rest of the season. But you've also got the right support and Liverpool fans are very supportive, very understanding and very positive with the club and its players. I can see them and I can read the line-up and see then who is on the bench.

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