Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: 'We played better than I expected'

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And with a series of key summer acquisitions, the Reds are seen as the most likely side to dethrone Manchester City.

Not our words, reader, but the words of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in his programme notes ahead of his side's Premier League opener against West Ham United this afternoon. A 5,000th league win for the Reds was their biggest opening day victory in the modern era for over 24 years, as well as their most emphatic on home soil since 1932.

West Ham have invested heavily in their squad over the course of the summer transfer window.

It is a fair comparison, although slightly high up in the boxing movie franchise's timeline in truth.

On Liverpool's greater strength in depth this season...

"We are still very much an "insurgency" - we are a club that has built season-on-season, we have shown a commitment to the development of our players and a commitment to coaching and training. That's all", Klopp insisted after Sunday's win. I've done it before and know how hard it is.

"We have to be more consistent".

"What is important is that we know what we want to be, and we want to be a challenger". They reached the final of the Champions League and bought a lot of new players. The rebuilt Main Stand has ended decades of uncertainty over the stadium's expansion while a sense of collective unity has appeared where suspicion previously reigned supreme. What makes Liverpool special, without a doubt, is the big fan base.

In truth, Liverpool bossed it from the start and deservedly took a lead in the 18th minute as an Andy Robertson cross found Mohamed Salah to tap into an open goal from beneath the crossbar.

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In pre-season, Liverpool have had to chop and change partners for Virgil Van Dijk in central defence due to injuries and Dejan Lovren coming back late from the World Cup so BTTS at [2.02] and over 3.5 goals at [2.22] both look decent plays.

Jurgen Klopp is delighted with the performance produced by Liverpool to brush aside West Ham United, reserving particular praise for James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Worryingly for the rest of the chasing pack, this Liverpool side is not the finished product.

Naby Keita and Fabinho, it is hoped, will elevate Klopp's midfield to that of Manchester City.

Pellegrini then went on further, discussing the issues he'll be having over his team selection come the game against Liverpool on Sunday. I'm looking forward to this season, to improve things, be competitive and to challenge for the right targets. I think Alisson is one of them.

"So Naby is in because he's a really good footballer and I've said it from the beginning that he's obviously settled really quick and has a similar style of play in a similar position as he did at Leipzig".

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how the Anfield new boys fared in the 4-0 win.

However, if the new players failed to bed down quickly, and the Reds struggled to stay in the top four, then the halo above Klopp could quickly start to fade.



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