Liverpool too strong for new-look Hammers

Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir

In his pre-match press conference on Friday, ahead of Liverpool's season opener against West Ham on Sunday, Klopp said Liverpool spent so much to build a squad with the depth necessary to be genuine title contender. Klopp's side have been tipped by many as the side most likely to challenge Manchester City for the crown but the Liverpool manager is not getting carried away after one result.

"We know about our expectations and we obviously realize the very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season".

"It's good people are positive, but the season again will be unbelievably hard".

"We can't be anything other than the challenger because we didn't win anything in a long time. We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude". "Joel did yesterday parts of training like Joe did - we will see how they are today". The last few years, I have sat here and had to defend our transfer behaviour, that we sold more than we brought in, but that all made sense.

Of their potential to combine this season, Keita added: "It's like with all players, you develop a good understanding on the pitch and I've certainly done that with Dan. We need to be ready and have that quality".

Sturridge scored just 24 seconds after coming on as a substitute, also scoring with what was his first touch. But it was the performance against West Ham rather than the scoreline that would've encouraged manager Jurgen Klopp.

"Dejan had a few problems past year", he said, "but he could play, and he played really good".

Both of these teams came in to the game with bags of confidence off the back of impressive pre-season preparations, with both also adding several new additions to their squad over the summer. You can see that. 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.

Despite changes at half time, West Ham failed to address their issues from the first half.

"We knew we played against one of the best teams in the Premier League".

Captain Jordan Henderson used his programme notes to highlight that none of his team-mates were "satisfied" by reaching the Champions League final last season, which ended in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid, and that "standing still" was not an option. With Anderson and Antonio out wide, that could put us in a promising position to counter a makeshift Liverpool back four and who knows what Arnie can come up with.

"I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn't think he was worth £75m, and I didn't think he would have the impact on Liverpool's defence that he's had". If you lose 4-0, it's not to have any excuses but I think in football, two or three balls decide the score.

"If I am asked one day and I am available then I would think about it", he said.