English Premier League Report: Liverpool v West Ham United 12 August 2018

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Mohamed Salah opened his account for the new campaign as Liverpool backed up pre-season hype they can challenge champions Manchester City for the Premier League title by sweeping aside West Ham 4-0 at Anfield.

Liverpool got their league campaign underway with a comprehensive win over West Ham at Anfield.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players have to summon the spirit of Rocky Balboa if they are to close the gap to defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

I have always stressed that Liverpool need good back up for their front 3 and with Sturridge and Origi back, and the addition of Shaqiri, your squad is now a lot stronger than it was last season, which is incredibly important as in my opinion your depth was not good enough and cost you on many occasions.

And given that Mourinho is winning few friends, with both his demeanour and style of football, Man United could run out of patience with the 55-year-old, who rarely stays longer than three seasons at any club.

But just when it appeared Liverpool would be frustrated by just a one-goal advantage West Ham helpfully switched off on the stroke of half-time.

Despite being clearly offside - and with no VAR in the Premier League this season - Mane added a second when he turned and finiahed past debutant Fabianski despite being a clear yard offside.

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The German said: "We know about our expectations and we realise there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season".

It featured everything we've come to expect from a stellar Liverpool display.

The Reds looked comfortable in what could have been a tricky tie against Pellegrini's West Ham who never really looked like threatening the debuting Alisson in the Liverpool goal.

"West Ham will play, for sure, a good season but they are not the Uniteds, the Citys".

The Reds begin their season with a tricky tie against a Hammers side that were unbeaten during pre-season.

If Liverpool do achieve some form of success this season, it's already very clear that new midfielder Naby Keita will have a huge part to play in it. I start every season with the highest ambition and want the maximum.

"We have to invest more, we have to fight more, we have to create more". We can not be anything different than the challenge because we didn't win anything for a long time. Manuel Pellegrini could not have asked for a more hard opening game as he took charge of the London side in his first game as their manager. "He can play different positions but I think the eight is his best for the moment". I think the expectations and the demands on him will be as it should be. After six weeks in I don't make the difference between a new player and another player because for me, it is exactly similar importance that Millie and Gini are ready to make the next step in their development as well.

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