‘Unbelievably hard’ to win Premier League title, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium

Klopp has won just one of the seven cup finals he has contested as a manager Credit Getty

The Netherlands worldwide went on to play 22 games in all competitions for the Reds in the second half of last season, including six in the Champions League en route to the final. But after reaching the Champions League final in May and spending more than anyone else in the Premier League in the off-season, there is palpable belief that wait will come to an end in May.

Goals from Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge sandwiched Sadio Mane's brace as the Reds began their Premier League campaign in eye-catching fashion.

A revelation in his first season at Anfield with 44 goals in all competitions, Salah is now a marked man.

Trent Alexander-Arnold almost doubled the lead five minutes later but West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski pushed his free kick away from the near post.

Liverpool, meanwhile, did not even have to play amazingly well to look very promising.

With Premier League defences likely to focus their resources on stopping Salah this season, there's nothing to stop Mane heavily adding to his opening two goals.

In the final the Reds were down to the only three central midfielders they had fit, thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury, whilst at the back they were hampered by Loris Karius' extremely high profile mistakes.

Bernardo Silva and Fabinho were teammates in the south of France. No team has successfully defended the English title since Manchester United in 2008-09.

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The goalkeepers played a big part in the goalless draw between Southampton and Burnley.

Mane's second should have been disallowed for offside but that was the only complaint West Ham could have about the result, with Manuel Pellegrini's expensively-assembled side looking a long way from settled.

"Every day we have the players on the Global Positioning System and we know the most amount of metres that he does before he has a rest".

Okay, the Brazilian did not score an own goal before being sent off and did at least manage 62 minutes, but such was the impact of his first-half display that he may as well have spent much of it in the dressing-room. It's still early and going to Anfield is never easy, so it's hard to take too much away from this match, but it will be a good learning experience for this team as it moves forward in a new era. Can Emery get Arsenal into the Top 4, or do they not have enough quality still?

"Jack, in the 10 years that he played for Arsenal, he's a different player".

"We are disappointed with the defeat but we have to realize it was our first game with a new manager, a new way of playing and I think it will help us to grow".

"We are just starting the season".

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