Manchester City, the Premier League champions, and Liverpool, who are strongly fancied to challenge them this season, put down markers with impressive wins in their opening games of the new campaign yesterday. That is good that people are positive, but this season will be unbelievably hard.
Liverpool are now just [4.6] to win their first league title in 28 years.
Liverpool's Naby Keita during the pre-season match at Anfield, Liverpool.
After the match, players were vocal about how important it was to get off to a good start, both in interviews and on social media.
Mane, who has now scored in each of his last three Premier League openers, and Salah, the league's Golden Boot victor last season with 32 goals, sealed Liverpool's victory in their first competitive game since they lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in March.
"Listen, it's a great start for him".
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West Ham offered little as the hosts dominated, but Klopp was reluctant to decribe the performance as ideal.
"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".
Without a shadow of a doubt, Keita had the best debut I have seen from a Liverpool player.
"So it was pleasing; we can improve, we know that".
More than anything, it showcases how - in the space of a couple of seasons - Klopp has eliminated nearly all of the deadwood in the Liverpool squad and replaced it with players who can make a genuine impact for them this season. Just seconds later he was wheeling away in celebration, tapping home a James Milner cross from close range. Let me say it like this, previous year he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play - and played really good.
City strike fear into their rivals and that aura allows them to take control of a game from the first whistle, with the opposition rocking back and waiting tog get beaten.
LIVERPOOL: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah (Sturridge, 87 mins), Firmino (Henderson, 69 mins), Mane (Shaqiri, 82 mins).