Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Rampaging Liverpool put four goals past West Ham

Rampaging Liverpool put four goals past West Ham

West Ham offered little as the hosts dominated, but Klopp was reluctant to decribe the performance as ideal.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have not conceded a goal in their last six home games in the league - since West Ham scored against them in February.

Despite being carved apart by Jurgen Klopp's side, the general consensus from pundits Paul Merson, Michael Owen and Mark Lawrenson is that West Ham will enjoy much better fortunes this weekend and will pick up points. This chemistry, carried over from last season, was invaluable because it meant the final weeks of summer training were about fine-tuning, as opposed to figuring things out wholesale like so many others.

After the match, players were vocal about how important it was to get off to a good start, both in interviews and on social media.

Daniel Sturridge made matters worse for West Ham when he scored a (yet another) tap in at the back post from a corner, moments after being deployed. The Premier League is a proper fight and you hope, as a manager, your team is ready.

"We can not test the test before we have a test".

Yaya Toure won't be joining West Ham United, confirms Manuel Pellegrini.

"The first game won't change our mind", he said.

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"So it was pleasing; we can improve, we know that".

They will add a lot to the squad in terms of the playing side, but also I think they will be good characters within the group. Klopp is famous for employing a high-pressing system when out of possession, which requires all the players on the pitch to be relentless in their pursuit of the ball during transitions and helps make sure that Liverpool are hard to hit on the counter-attack.

"When we built up a squad we knew that some players had to go out, especially young players who need to play". They deserved to win. One of which was a key pass that started the build-up to Salah's goal when he picked up the ball and made a driving run, making a perfectly waited pass for Andrew Robertson to square the ball to last season's golden boot victor.

Klopp compared his team to "Rocky Balboa" in the build-up to this game but the depth of his substitutes' bench and this result may soon see them shed that tag.

"I am not complaining".

Sturridge spent the second half of last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion and recent history suggests that his fitness and mentality are not of a high enough standard to be guaranteed any sort of prosperous future with Liverpool.

"Every time that you bring so many players it is hard". Unused subs: Karius, Clyne, Fabinho, Lallana.

"We want to succeed this weekend and get our first three points on the table", Rice told the club's official website.

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