Jurgen Klopp reveals secret of West Ham win, hails two particular stars

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp walks past the trophy at the end of the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp may not be ready to admit it, but his Liverpool side are genuine title contenders this season.

Fans of the Hammers, and indeed of other clubs watching the opening round with intrigue, should be wary of overreacting to this result, as the scoreline is more of a reflection of how good Liverpool were rather than a perceived lack of quality from the visitors. It may be argued as the season progresses as to who would we rather prefer, Keita or Coutinho.

A lot of pundits were backing Liverpool to win the league prior to the Premier League kick-off last weekend and while I believe they are better placed than anyone to challenge Pep Guardiola's champions, we have to appreciate the scale of the task they are up against.

MOHAMED SALAH set about proving he is no one-season wonder with Liverpool's first goal as they cruised past West Ham. "Liverpool played well, but I don't think the difference was four goals".

Sturridge has proven time and time again that he is unable to cope with the demands of regular Premier League football but a new role as part of a Liverpool squad challenging for trophies could be the future for a player who remains a massive talent.

That lead was doubled in the dying seconds of the opening stanza, with Sadio Mane having the similar task of passing into an empty net after James Milner had chased down Robertson's wayward cross.

The first return on that investment came in Sunday's 4-0 thrashing of a limited West Ham that even Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted "are not the Uniteds or Citys".

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Henderson might be slightly better in the middle of a trio but that's where Keita will be and Milner offers a better option for the right, especially going forward as we saw with his two assists on Sunday. It was a tough pre-season and a good start. Manuel Pellegrini could not have asked for a more hard opening game as he took charge of the London side in his first game as their manager.

The Egypt global has oozed confidence throughout pre-season and needed only 19 minutes to open his account. Liverpool have not conceded a goal in their last six home games in the league - since West Ham scored against them in February.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge added a fourth late on, just seconds after coming on.

Burnley dominated the first half and thought they had gone ahead in the eighth minute when former Southampton midfielder Jack Cork side-footed home, but the effort was ruled to have been offside.

With Oxlade-Chamberlain out and Emre Can at Juventus, Keita looks like he could be just the midfielder that Klopp was looking for.

"So Naby is in because he's a really good footballer and I've said it from the beginning that he's obviously settled really quick and has a similar style of play in a similar position as he did at Leipzig". Let us know in the comments section.

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