Klopp on West Ham win, Keita's debut and strength in depth

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Mark Hughes's side looked the more likely to score after the break but England global Hart, who joined Burnley last week from Manchester City, produced some fine saves.

"We know about our expectations and noticed the very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season", said Klopp.

"We can not be anything different than the challenger because we haven't won anything since I came in".

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

"West Ham will have a good season but they are not the Uniteds and Citys - they know that, we know that. We need to be ready and have that quality".

The move began with Trent Alexander-Arnold's vision picking out Keita in the centre-circle when Klopp was urging him to go down the line and the midfielder drove at the heart of West Ham's back-tracking defence to tee up the full-back.

'Absolutely good performance of course, ' said Klopp. "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it". So to sign someone of Alisson's calibre will definitely turn out to be a major coup in my opinion, regardless of the price tag, and it could be the difference between you winning a trophy and not winning one this season.

But this season, having spent around £170m on some deluxe fine-tuning to a squad who fell short in the Premier League but came agonisingly close in Europe, Klopp can perhaps no longer rely on this team being a work-in-progress upstart. You can not test before you have the test.

West Ham's own extensive summer recruitment programme needs more time to settle under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, who gave five players their debut at Anfield, but one thing which will need to improve quickly is their defending.

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When they took the fight to Manchester's last reigning champions a decade ago, Liverpool ultimately could not last the distance as discourse raged between the dugout, the stands and a boardroom beset by warring factions in erstwhile owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

"We knew before we played that it was going to hard", Pellegrini admitted post-match.

It has been another summer of transition for the Merseysiders following the disappointment of losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid earlier in the year, with the German overseeing a £177m spending spree. With Anderson and Antonio out wide, that could put us in a promising position to counter a makeshift Liverpool back four and who knows what Arnie can come up with.

Liverpool's midfield provided the foundation to both scorch and stifle with Gini Wijnaldum controlling well at the base, while Milner was core to every facet of play and Keita exposed spaces the visitors knew nothing about until he weaved through them.

"I think that Liverpool deserved to win".

Liverpool won the game 4-0.

"Should I be asked at some point and I'm available, then I would think about it", Klopp told Welt am Sonntag. After that, a clear goal offside decided the game with the third goal.

"I am not complaining".

Liverpool were in cruise control coming into the 53rd minute when Roberto Firmino got the ball around 30 yards from goal.

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