Another mid-table finish is probably the ceiling West Ham can expect this season, but a Europa League qualifying spot could be possible if they get on a hot start. We scored four goals and we deserved to win. 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.
That hype is because Liverpool have built from a position of strength.
Last season in the Premier League, Wilshere garnered 20 appearances under his belt for the Gunners, scoring 1 goal and garnering 3 assists.
Crucially, however, Liverpool looked nearly as comfortable in every aspect of the field, their midfield dominating with the energetic and aggressive Naby Keita impressing on his debut.
After the match, players were vocal about how important it was to get off to a good start, both in interviews and on social media.
It was evident in pre-season that Shaqiri, unlike his chastise-worthy performances at Stoke City last season, was keen to make an impact at his new club - with his overhead kick against Manchester United in America a moment of particular note.
As well as the points, the Anfield atmosphere clearly made an impression, while the clean sheet didn't go unnoticed either.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker, signed for £65 million from Roma, was rarely troubled, but looked assured in starting attacks from the back, while Virgil van Dijk was imperious in sniffing out any sense of danger.
SADIO MANE, Liverpool's two-goal hero, hailing the Reds' opening-day performance. On the subs bench they are also joined by Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, captain Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge.
"I am not blind. You look at some of the boys on the bench today and those who aren't quite fit yet, it's a great squad and exactly what we want". Many people thought Wolves would sell the Portuguese midfielder for a big profit this season.
Despite the positivity and investment, Klopp has insisted Liverpool remain just the challenger to champions City. "We spoke at half-time about taking more responsibility", Emery said.
Liverpool would discover as much eventually, but when he initially arrived at Anfield 5 years ago it seemed that he had finally found the flawless environment for his maverick style to flourish.