Liverpool vs West Ham, Premier League 2018-19

Doug Mendoza
August 13, 2018

"In the first half we needed less respect for City and then more aggressive pressing", he said.

It took just 19 minutes for last season's star turn, Mohamed Salah, to open the scoring in his 50th Premier League appearance after good work from Andy Robertson.

"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, " said Klopp after the match.

Yet Klopp admitted that he wasn't entirely impressed with Keita's displays last season.

I thought Keita was the standout, and like Milner said after the game, if that's his level of performance on his first game for the club I can't wait to see him play three months down the line.

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.

"Sometimes it's hard to start the season but we started very well in pre-season, we won nearly every game", he told liverpoolfc.com.

The Spaniard will need time to make his mark on a moribund club and, while Arsenal couldn't be faulted for effort against City, there was precious little quality about their play.

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. Expectations can only be managed so far - it might be time to deliver.

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That will come with rhythm and games, particularly with Trent who hasn't had much action despite also not having much rest since May.

Last season has made Klopp's mind up on the position.

"Listen, it's a great start for him".

They scored 91 times between them and terrorised defences across Europe last term - and Salah, Mane and Firmino clearly have no intention of doing anything different this season, either.

Mark Hughes's side looked the more likely to score after the break but England worldwide Hart, who joined Burnley last week from Manchester City, produced some fine saves.

They have completed signings like French centre-back Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko from Dortmund, Felipe Anderson from Lazio, keeper Fabianski, Carlos Sanchez and Lucas Perez for a combined total of around £90M.

"I've seen him get out of some ridiculous situations in training."

His movement is first class, he has a rocket of a finish and he can go either direction when one-vs-one with a defender.

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