Salah on fire as Liverpool sink Hammers, Manchester City down Arsenal

Salah on fire as Liverpool sink Hammers, Manchester City down Arsenal

Liverpool kick off their Premier League campaign against big-spending West Ham at Anfield (1.30pm).

The win over West Ham was Liverpool's 27th in the league, more than they have against any other team, while West Ham have only won once at Anfield in 46 league games.

And with a series of key summer acquisitions, the Reds are seen as the most likely side to dethrone Manchester City.

There is no denying what Fekir would bring to Liverpool; a sense of creativity behind their phenomenal front three - a creativity which has been lacking since Phillippe Coutinho's departure to Barcelona last season - and the firepower needed to win trophies.

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

The French attacker looked set to join the Reds earlier in the summer after a fee and personal terms were agreed between all parties - with club media duties also completed - however the deal dramatically crumbled as the true extent of previous injuries to his knee emerged.

Klopp has already been impressed by how quickly Alisson has settled into life at his new club, and the German believes that his new number one ticks all the boxes to become an Anfield great.

But hey, it's the start of the season and this is the Premier League, anything can happen.

"We knew before the game that our start was very hard", he said. That's the only thing we expect from ourselves.

Liverpool went in to cruise control for the majority of the second half, with Alisson not having a significant test to prove his £65 million price tag in the whole game as West Ham's attacking additions of Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere were nowhere to be seen.

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The Reds begin their season with a tricky tie against a Hammers side that were unbeaten during pre-season.

If their fortunes improve as much as the squad has then the pre-season title-challenge optimism may well be justified. For us it was not flawless, but really good.

"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".

My prediction is for Manchester City to overcome their World Cup hangover to make it back-to-back titles, with Liverpool finishing second, ahead of Manchester United, with Arsenal and Everton vying for fourth spot.

"That's really good. I'm pleased, absolutely, but that's what we expected".

"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".

"The second part, what those outside of our club think, I really could not care 0.1 per cent about because it's not important".

Manuel Pellegrini's men could feel aggrieved by the third goal, which should have been ruled offside, but they were also fortunate to exit Merseyside without a more ballooned scoreline.

"I'm not complaining just about one offside goal because I repeat that Liverpool played well and deserved to win, but I don't think that the difference was four goals".

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