Liverpool meet expectations in win over West Ham

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Jürgen Klopp welcomed a "very good start" to the season for Liverpool after West Ham United were dispatched 4-0 at Anfield on the Premier League's opening weekend.

New signing Keita, who is in line for a Premier League debut against West Ham on Sunday, says the England striker's value extends beyond the pitch.

Klopp, meanwhile, reminded: "We are Liverpool; there is no one on this planet that expects more of us than we expect of ourselves", and on the walk to Anfield, fans fizzed as they discussed the possibilities the season could present - chiefly, the chance to erase Manchester City's designs on defending the title. However, the strength of his squad means that they are seem to be well placed to stake a good challenge for the biggest prizes this season.

"We are still very much an "insurgency" - we are a club that has built season-on-season, we have shown a commitment to the development of our players and a commitment to coaching and training".

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.

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West Ham offered little as their five debutants struggled to gel and Daniel Sturridge rubbed salt in their wounds late on when he knocked home from a corner within seconds of appearing as a substitute. But as part of the entrenched 4-2-3-1, the Brazilian's task on Sunday involved tracking the pacy full-backs far more than supporting Marko Arnautovic in attack.

Such reasons are why Liverpool are tipped at being Manchester City's closest competitors.

Mane then added his second and his team's third but was clearly offside, yet the goal was still awarded.

Pellegrini has lost more Premier League games against Liverpool (5) than he has against any other opponent in the competition.

The Kop boss accepts expectations are sky high after splashing £170m this summer and impressing in pre-season. We knew it was going to be hard. "This season we will see the best from him".

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"We made a good performance in general and day by day we will get better and better", he said.

Liverpool have been burned too many times by that before, but it is hard to see them as anything other than the greatest roadblock in Pep Guardiola's planned procession route. West Ham will need to regroup and continue to familiarise themselves with new faces before targeting their first win under Manuel Pellegrini when they host Bournemouth on Saturday.

"I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn't think he was worth £75m, and I didn't think he would have the impact on Liverpool's defence that he's had".

Naby Keita (Liverpool): The forwards did the damage in front of goal, but the Guinean produced an energetic, all-action display in the midfield that really caught the eye.

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