Liverpool 4, West Ham 0: Mane grabs brace in big win

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As assured a Premier League debut as you are likely to see, Keita dominated the middle of the park and did not allow the West Ham midfielders to impose their game on this strong Liverpool side.

"We played as good as possible today and we extended a really good pre-season into the Premier League", Klopp told the BBC.

"I think directly there is a threat, and I think indirectly in terms of the bigger picture in the league, certainly with the signings they have made, the good feeling of getting into a Champions League final and finishing in the top four consecutive seasons is something where City will feel a threat". That's the only thing that I wanted to say: we can not be anything different from the challenger because we didn't win anything since I am in anyway, [and] it's a long time ago.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude. This season we will see the best from him". They just blew West Ham away. "We have to be ready week in, week out for the different challenges".

Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring in the 88th minute, 24 seconds after coming on for Salah.

The move began with Trent Alexander-Arnold's vision picking out Keita in the centre-circle when Klopp was urging him to go down the line and the midfielder drove at the heart of West Ham's back-tracking defence to tee up the full-back.

He said: "It's a very good start, for sure".

Both the wing forwards, Salah and Mane returned to Liverpool early for the pre-season fixtures after the World Cup campaigns with their national teams and both looked razor sharp and hungry to go again.

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He added: "It just doesn't look like United are in the right place at the minute to challenge for the league". Gary Neville was speaking to promote Cadbury as the official snack partner of the Premier League .

He said: "We knew it would be hard because we knew we were playing against one of the best teams of the Premier League, a team that had reached the final of the Champions League and one which has a lot of new players".

"You can not test it until you have the test".

"For that it was a clear start, it was good".

The Reds looked comfortable in what could have been a tricky tie against Pellegrini's West Ham who never really looked like threatening the debuting Alisson in the Liverpool goal.

Liverpool may have invested £170 million ($217m) in fresh faces but that only gives them a one-year window for Premier League title success, says Jamie Carragher, with further transfer sprees unlikely.

"It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money", Klopp said. 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.

With clashes against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Leicester City to follow, this optimism could quickly turn into unwavering belief - the kind which translates into their players going into every game expecting to win and often snatching victory when they're up against it. If you lose 4-0, it's not to have any excuses but I think in football, two or three balls decide the score.

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