Liverpool open the season by brushing West Ham aside

Liverpool open the season by brushing West Ham aside

However, their victory was helped ever so slightly by the linesman on the day, as Sadio Mane's second goal and Liverpool's third was allowed to stand even though the forward was clearly in an offside position. But it was the performance against West Ham rather than the scoreline that would've encouraged manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool go into the season with enormous optimism on the back of being Champions League runners-up and enjoying a strong league campaign.

Coming up against MFS presents an enormous challenge but as it is the first game of the season I feel like we can learn a lot from playing against such a fluid and risky front 3 and take what we have learnt from that into the rest of the season. A languid pre-season campaign coupled with four of their 10 new signings in the starting line-up only compounded matters for the Chilean.

Liverpool will be hoping this season brings them success, with many believing the Reds are a serious threat to Manchester City for the Premier League title. The only problem was, Mane was clearly offside, and by the looks of the footage, the linesman had a pretty good view of the incident. After being 1-0 up, maybe we didn't have exactly the same dominance, we felt the intensity. You saw we were not as compact anymore in that period when Arnautovic had a chance and they had a few set-pieces.

"They were obviously taller than us today so that was always a bit tricky, plus the wind".

There was still time for late substitute, Daniel Sturridge, to bundle home a fourth.

Liverpool's Mo Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday.

'Naby is in because he's a really good footballer, and I said it from the beginning he's settled really quick. So that's really good. "I think we're both happy with a point in the end", he said.

Twelve months ago, there was a feeling that Slaven Bilic had a big task to try and turn around lost momentum and the season turned into a David Moyes fix job set to a backdrop of fan disgruntlement and in-fighting, West Ham finishing 13th.

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He delivered a typically excellent ball in to the box where none other than 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot victor Mohamed Salah was waiting to slot home and open this season's account.

The Reds underlined their Premier League title credentials with a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of West Ham in their first game at Anfield. You can not create that situation, that's what I mean when I said you can not test the test before you have the test.

"We realised there was a very positive atmosphere around us all pre-season, it's good that people are positive".

"We haven't won anything for a long time so we have to invest more, we have to fight more and then we will see where it leads us".

West Ham finished 13th a year ago but the general consensus from what we've seen is that most West Ham fans feel they could've done better.

Overall though I think it is fair to say this window has exceeded the expectations of many of us, so I will rate it at a 7.5/10.

Yes [I can see it] because I am not blind! We have to be more clinical in the right moments, more aggressive in the right moments.

Pellegrini conceded that West Ham need to do better. I am pretty open when I speak about this.

With the exception of Real Madrid, every top team in Europe would find it extremely hard to reach successive Champions League finals. Many people have drawn comparisons with us and Everton last summer and it is important to avoid underachieving as much as they did.

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