Naby Keita starts for Liverpool in Premier League opener vs West Ham


Liverpool, which reached the Champions League final last season, had a great summer according to the players they have signed, such as Brazilian goalkeeper Allison, Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

The reds second goa, arrived just before the half time whistle. 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. The flawless bookend for a fine team performance. "But what about the other clubs?", Klopp opined at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

He could provide attacking impetus as a starter, but he is more likely to be making an impact off the bench given the form of the Reds' attacking trio last season.

A very good start, for sure.

"We need to win our second game". For us it was not ideal, but really good.

Liverpool fans have spent over a year getting ready to watch Naby Keita in a Premier League game at Anfield, and it was worth the wait. It was only a check-up and the scan was clear, but he felt ill when he came back so we sent him home again. We jump into the water and we dive until we don't have oxygen anymore. They were obviously taller than us today, so that was always a bit tricky, with the wind also.

Reflecting after the game, Pelleigrini defended his team's poor performance.

Alisson said: "Salah was thought a good deal for Roma but now people say it is a good deal for Liverpool". I start every season with the highest ambition and want the maximum.

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"It was better than I could have expected". So that's really good. "We have expectations as well".

They were not needed to change the game on this occasion but they will be over the next 10 months and that is partly why Liverpool are second favourites behind defending Premier League champions Manchester City. You can not create that situation, that's what I mean when I said you can not test the test before you have the test. "We need everyone in that squad before the end of the season". That's the only thing that I wanted to say: we can not be anything different from the challenger because we didn't win anything since I am in anyway, [and] it's a long time ago.

"We have to be more consistent". That's what we spoke about and what we expect from ourselves.

West Ham will aim to bounce back next Saturday afternoon, when they welcome Bournemouth to the London Stadium. "We know there is a really positive atmosphere around us", said Jurgen Klopp after they fostered more hope.

That would mean that Klopp will be smiling more than Mourinho by next May, with the latter departing Old Trafford after another season of only moderate success.

Yes [I can see it] because I am not blind! "I know they won't but they are in a place now where they are trying to win everything City and United are trying to win, so why deny it?" I am pretty open when I speak about this.

It goes without saying that you have lost many points and important results due to goalkeeping errors, not just last season but for many before that too. 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.