Premier League - Follow the Football match between Liverpool and West Ham United live with Eurosport. During his time as Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp has been accused of not taking the cup competitions seriously, although, in that game against West Brom, he fielded a near full strength side and still lost.
The first game of the season for Liverpool is almost upon us and I couldn't be more excited! "I am sure next Saturday we will see a team that is trying to win". "We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude".
"I have to say I've got a lot of respect for him", the midfielder told his club website. "Joel did yesterday parts of training like Joe did - we will see how they are today".
"West Ham will play a good season but they are not the (Manchester) Uniteds or (Manchester) Citys".
Liverpool, though, were comfortable without ever needing to hit top gear and certainly look like the title challengers most consider them to be.
Substitute Daniel Sturridge made it four just seconds after coming on.
Yes, nice. Absolutely a good performance, of course. A languid pre-season campaign coupled with four of their 10 new signings in the starting line-up only compounded matters for the Chilean. 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.
"We had to create a squad which is strong enough and wide enough to cope with the Premier League and to be as successful as possible". 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.
"For that it was a clear start, it was good".
However, there was little tinkering for Klopp to do up front after Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 91 goals last season, and they again provided the firepower to outclass a sorry West Ham despite their own near £100 million outlay on nine new players.
Speaking of the defensive situation ahead of the game, the Liverpool manager said in his pre-match press conference, "Dejan will not be available for the weekend, that's how it is".
"We have to try to reach the highest, that is always my expectations". In addition to May's 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League, he oversaw a penalty shoot-out loss to Manchester City in the 2016 English League Cup final and a 3-1 reverse against Sevilla in the 2016 Uefa Europa League final.
"We knew before the game that our start was very hard".
At the same time, I think many of us are wary of the time it may take for our players to gel and for Pellegrini's style of play to be instilled into our side.
"I think that Liverpool deserved to win".
Liverpool won the game 4-0.