Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool can not be anything but the challenger

Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir appeared in six of France's seven games as they won the World Cup

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.

It is a fair comparison, although slightly high up in the boxing movie franchise's timeline in truth. An imperial armoury that creates air for the expectation to achieve great things this season. "Obviously he was not feeling really well so we sent him home again and I didn't see him so far and I didn't ask anybody, so we will see", Klopp said of the Brazilian. "That's all", Klopp insisted after Sunday's win.

"Every season except the first one when I arrived at Barcelona, when I had people who didn't know I was a manager, since then we have always been the favourites". We can not be anything different than the challenge because we didn't win anything for a long time. "We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude". "It was good, not surprisingly good, but it was better than I could have expected because I saw a lot of pre-season hope on the pitch". He has already shown in pre-season that he could be a key player for Liverpool, and he'll be looking to translate that form into the Premier League.

It was Keita who impressed during his Anfield bow, with the Guinean midfielder playing a crucial role in Salah's opening goal after 19 minutes.

Sadio Mane scored twice after Mohamed Salah's opener and Daniel Sturridge was also on target in Liverpool's comfortable win over West Ham.

Worryingly for the rest of the chasing pack, this Liverpool side is not the finished product. But his much-changed Hammers side were never going to have enough to nullify European football's most potent attacking triumvirate.

The Reds had a busy schedule over pre-season, with friendly matches against Chester, Tranmere, Bury, Blackburn, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Napoli and Torino all contested.

"We knew before we played that it was going to hard", Pellegrini admitted post-match. Let me say it like this, past year he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play - and played really good. They played better than us. We conceded the last goal in the last second of the period so you arrive to the dressing room with another task if you lose just 1-0. "After six weeks in I don't make the difference between a new player and another player because for me, it is exactly similar importance that Millie [James Milner] and Gini [Wijnaldum] are ready to make the next step in their development as well".

"It has to be our ambition to compete with the best and to go on the field against whoever we play trying to win the game and dominate the game".

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