Jurgen Klopp rates Naby Keita's debut vs West Ham

Jurgen Klopp rates Naby Keita's debut vs West Ham

Jurgen Klopp rates Naby Keita's debut vs West Ham

"West Ham will play a good season but they are not the (Manchester) Uniteds or (Manchester) Citys".

Liverpool strolled to victory thanks to goals from Mo Salah, Sadio Mane (two) and Daniel Sturridge, but hardly allowed a new-look West Ham a sniff at Anfield. The Guinean looked the part in pre-season and will be keen on making an instant impact in the Premier League.

"They are a huge club, they have had many great players. We not only have nine new players, but three or four players who were not completely fit in pre-season", he added. "That's all", Klopp insisted after Sunday's win. After last season's painful and horrid ending to a fairy tale Champions League run you'd think it would be hard for them to recover from such a heartbreaking end.

"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. He played very, very, very good and everybody was happy with the job he did for us", he told LFCTV.

In sharp contrast, Manuel Pellegrini will have a lot of work to do, particularly in defence, should his team manage a league finish that matches the investment made in the squad over the summer. "We know that and we have to be ready week-in, week-out for all the challenges".

To say that Liverpool were underdogs in the competition last season would be an understatement.

Anfield's streets acted as a battleground back then but now contain a different kind of fervour. For a few weeks, it was the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper.

The Argentine lined his men up in a 4-3-3/4-5-1 formation, but struggled against a pressing opposition spearheaded by the deadly trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Worryingly for the rest of the chasing pack, this Liverpool side is not the finished product.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players have to summon the spirit of Rocky Balboa if they are to close the gap to defending Premier League champions Manchester City. But his much-changed Hammers side were never going to have enough to nullify European football's most potent attacking triumvirate. We knew it was going to be hard. They deserved to win. They played better than us.

An emphatic 4-0 victory was the ideal way to begin that quest for glory. That's the only thing we expect from ourselves.

I think Liverpool take the points so the best bet is to back Mane to score in 90 minutes and the hosts to win at [2.95] on the Same Game Multi feature.

And Klopp claims his squad and him have the "highest expectations you can imagine" for themselves for the upcoming campaign. Then we scored in the ideal moment before half-time, absolutely flawless, then we scored the third one and the fourth one when Daniel was kind of eight seconds on the pitch - that was really cool.

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