Liverpool live up to title hype by hitting West Ham for four

Liverpool news Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool news Jurgen Klopp

Their squad looks much stronger than last season and they have a new-found belief that they are genuine contenders. "We need to be ready and have that quality".

Liverpool supporters flooded into the gates at Anfield on Sunday afternoon with high expectations and left fully satisfied, perhaps already dreaming of a first top-flight title in 28 years.

"They were the better side in the first half and we think we were better in the second half". It was an excellent debut and very much worthy of the number eight shirt he has been handed.

Alisson hopes he can prove to be a value-for-money purchase at Liverpool - just like superstar forward Mohamed Salah. Subs: Henderson 6, Shaqiri n/a, Sturridge n/a.

West Ham's best chance came in the 49th minute as Felipe Anderson flicked the ball to Michail Antonio, who volleyed it over the bar. Subs: Snodgrass 6, Hernandez 5, Yarmolenko 5. Another fast-paced Liverpool attack sees Keita feed Robertson on the left. During his time as Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp has been accused of not taking the cup competitions seriously, although, in that game against West Brom, he fielded a near full strength side and still lost.

Mane's second should have been disallowed for offside but that was the only complaint West Ham could have about the result, with Manuel Pellegrini's expensively-assembled side looking a long way from settled. And within minutes they were made to pay for their wastefulness as Mane fired home his second after Firmino had created the opening. The Brazilian drives towards the byline and pulls it across for Salah who sees his close-range effort brilliantly kept out by Fabianski.

Liverpool came out of the gate firing as would be expected by such an energetic and attacking team, with James Milner in particular swining in some unsafe crosses that Liverpool's attacking players weren't quite able to get on the end of. Bringing the ball forward with the ball nearly stuck to his feet - he fed the onrushing Andy Robertson who whipped in the cross for Mo Salah to tap in.

On 88 minutes, when Daniel Sturridge made it four with his first touch against West Ham, the stadium erupted again to revel in the mastery. Mane swivels brilliantly to flash Firmino's pass into the bottom corner from what looked like an offside position.

West Ham should have reduced the arrears shortly after the break.

Always you see things in pre-season [against] different opponents and in different moments, but now the Premier League is a proper fight and immediately today that's the biggest change and then you hope as a manager that your team is ready for that, because you can not test it before you have the test.

Often outgunned by the riches of fierce rivals Manchester United and the oil-backed wealth of Chelsea and Manchester City in recent times, this summer Liverpool were the Premier League's biggest spenders in a reported £170 million splurge ($219 million).

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