Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp: Easy 4 0 win vs. West Ham 'not perfect'

Nabil Fekir

African stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were among the goals as Liverpool cruised to a 4-0 win over West Ham United in their Premier League opener at Anfield.

Sturridge, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, is enjoying a renewed sense of objective on his return to Anfield.

The Reds boss chose to reference the plot of Rocky IV in his response to how his side would go about bridging last season's 25-point deficit to Pep Guardiola's side.

"[It was] nice. An absolutely good performance, of course", he told reporters.

West Ham head to Anfield on the back of four wins and two draws from their last six friendlies and, if the new boys can gel when the real stuff starts, a promising campaign awaits.

So we have to invest more, we have to fight more, we have to create more.

A lot of West Ham fans are feeling optimistic about this season and after appointing a world class manager and spending £100m, it is hard to not be excited. Mane completed his brace firing in the bottom corner on the turn after being played through by Roberto Firmino, although the former was standing in an offside position.

They had tasted defeat on no less than eleven occasions on the opening day of the Premier League season - more than any other club. The competition for places is going to be fierce this season with the arrival of Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri or the possibility of incorporating another man in midfield and going with two up top - as they did for a spell against West Ham - rendering even the starting berths of their attacking triumvirate uncertain.

At Anfield, Salah gave Juergen Klopp's Liverpool side the lead after 19 minutes from Andy Robertson's precise low cross. Lukasz Fabianski brilliantly turned aside Trent Alexander-Arnold's fizzing dead-ball attempt, while Mane again troubled the Hammers backline.

The 72.5 million euro ($84 million) fee paid for Alisson was a world record for a 'keeper, but just a few weeks on seems reasonable compared to the 80 million euros Chelsea splashed out for the far more inexperienced Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

Sadio Mane was a whisker away from a telling contact with Georginio Wijnaldum's diagonal ball, while James Milner's pinpoint centre eluded Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino as the home side looked for a ideal start.

"Every time that you bring so many players it is hard".

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.

"We want to be, it has been clear for ages, champion of England and winning the league but how can we say that?"

Just minutes before the end of the game striker Daniel Sturridge came on for Salah, after the Englishman had impressed in pre-season.



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