Liverpool vs. West Ham United - Football Match Report

Doug Mendoza
August 16, 2018

In the words of manager Jurgen Klopp, there is an expectation on Liverpool to make the step up this season.

Fans of the Hammers, and indeed of other clubs watching the opening round with intrigue, should be wary of overreacting to this result, as the scoreline is more of a reflection of how good Liverpool were rather than a perceived lack of quality from the visitors.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago", he said on the eve of the season, invoking the underdog spirit of the fictional American boxer. "Yes, it's a start - ideal as well because we won the game".

A revelation in his first season at Anfield with 44 goals in all competitions, Salah is now a marked man.

Before the West Ham fixture, Fabinho has featured in all nine of Liverpool's summer friendlies and says he is adapting well to the nuances of playing under Klopp. During pre-season I played alongside a variety of different players and we blended really well.

Deployed on the right of Klopp's 4-2-3-1 in 2015-16, the experienced Englishman played a key role as the Reds reached the Europa League final before occupying the left-back spot a season later as Klopp guided Liverpool back into the Champions League with a fourth place finish.

Sturridge replaced Salah three minutes from time and found himself on the scoresheet with his first touch from close range just 24 seconds later to record Liverpool's 500th victory in the Premier League era.

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So often outgunned by the oil wealth of Abu Dhabi backed City or commercial giants Manchester United in recent years, Liverpool were the biggest spenders from the world's richest league this summer with a reported £170 million (US$217 million) splurge in the transfer market.

"The plan is they are all happy because they played an important part in our season, so from my point of view all good". We're going to try to keep the same level and keep going. It was a tough pre-season and a good start. The 28-year-old has always been a talented player capable of being a difference-maker on his day, but he is also arguably one of the most frustrating footballers England has ever produced.

"We had our chances in the first half, but we didn't score, and they were clinical with their chances".

Substitute Daniel Sturridge made it four just seconds after coming on.

They have earned that respect with their magnificent performances last season and even on a day when they were not at their best and some of the star names were on the bench, we saw glimpses of City's brilliance in their win at Arsenal.

Per the Liverpool Echo, it's been almost four years since Liverpool last lost a home game when they had to attack the Kop in the first half. "I play in an attacking position, it's what I get judged on (scoring goals) and that's all". Let us know in the comments section.

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