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Klopp on West Ham win, Keita's debut and strength in depth

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Stacy Diaz | 12 August, 2018, 22:19

Liverpool took on West Ham United in their opening game of the new Premier League season as Klopp's men aimed to get off to a quick start and grab all three points in their bid to challenge for the title.

Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on August 12, 2018.

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

Not including champions City who begin their season at Arsenal this afternoon, Liverpool looked by far the most dominant side following the first round of Premier League fixtures.

He said: "It's a very good start, for sure. That is the goal of the club now and we are looking forward to the season".

The Liverpool Echo report that despite Fekir featuring for France during their World Cup triumph, the Reds decided a deal would be too much of a gamble considering the £53m fee and the £100,000 a week they would have to part with for the attacker.

Replicating the 44-goal haul which heralded Salah's debut season at Anfield has not fazed the Egyptian despite an early Champions League final exit and similarly fruitless travails with his national side as they mutedly exited the World Cup group stages. It's only the start, and we know that, but for a start it was really good.

It featured everything we've come to expect from a stellar Liverpool display.

West Ham were expected to respond in the second half, but it was Liverpool who found the net again, though this time controversially.

Just like last season, their attacking trio were fluid and clinical putting four past a West Ham defence that simply could not cope with the speed and movement that Liverpool showed. So to sign someone of Alisson's calibre will definitely turn out to be a major coup in my opinion, regardless of the price tag, and it could be the difference between you winning a trophy and not winning one this season. The German tactician has a few options in the hand for the defensive line for the opening fixture and injuries and lack of pre-season fitness means Liverpool are forced into changes. He delivered a typically excellent ball in to the box where none other than 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot victor Mohamed Salah was waiting to slot home and open this season's account.

"We are the ones who have to do more, fight more, and that must be our attitude".

He said on Sky Sports: "I couldn't be less interested in what other people say of us".

"We can not be anything other than "the challenger" because we didn't win anything since I don't know when - certainly since I am here. He can play different positions but I think the eight is his best for the moment".

MOTM: Wonderful performances from Milner and Robertson, but because it was his debut Naby Keita edges it for us.

"But I think a couple of balls decided the score". After that, a clear goal offside decided the game with the third goal.