English Premier League Report: Liverpool v West Ham United 12 August 2018

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Liverpool fans have had all their dreams answered throughout this summer's transfer window, and it'll be interesting to see if the Merseyside club's boss Jurgen Klopp has anything up his sleeve on deadline day. Naby Keita and Fabinho add midfield power, and Xherdan Shaqiri could be a shrewd acquisition backing up the strikers. Given their slip-ups against lesser teams last season, this result also serves as a statement of intent from the Reds in their efforts to rectify that shortcoming.

Mourinho is on shakier ground than Klopp, given that he will start his third season at Old Trafford with the expectation that he must deliver a first league title to the club since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013. Klopp, however, says he does not find outside opinions interesting.

The German said: "We know about our expectations and we realise there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season".

"It's the same for the players - there is no target they can be set that is higher than that they set themselves".

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The other eye-catching factor at Anfield were the outfield players on the bench who didn't get a kick: Fabinho, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne.

"He's going to a club now which in all intents and purposes a bigger club than what Stoke is".

"At £13m it is a snip and I hope upon hope that this goes right for the boy".

There are more hard things to accept in life [but] it's August and September and then we start playing three games in a week and then we don't have that problem any more pretty quickly. I don't like telling players you are not in or whatever, especially when they give it all in the training sessions, but it is a completely normal part of the business.

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But there's no doubting his ability.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is upbeat over Alisson Becker's chances of settling quickly into the Premier League.

I believe the signings we have made are of huge potential, and that we have massively strengthened our attacking options, which quite clearly indicates the way in which Manuel Pellegrini wants his West Ham side to play. We beat Manchester City in the league and the Champions League last season so I think we can beat anyone in the world. Should we go to a final again we should try to win it this time. Already, there is a belief in some circles - although not now on Merseyside - that Klopp is more of a bridesmaid manager than one who consistently delivers titles.

I think Liverpool take the points so the best bet is to back Mane to score in 90 minutes and the hosts to win at [2.95] on the Same Game Multi feature. Then we scored in the ideal moment before half-time, absolutely flawless, then we scored the third one and the fourth one when Daniel was kind of eight seconds on the pitch - that was really cool.

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Not including champions City who begin their season at Arsenal this afternoon, Liverpool looked by far the most dominant side following the first round of Premier League fixtures.

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