Liverpool 4, West Ham 0: Mane grabs brace in big win

Liverpool 4, West Ham 0: Mane grabs brace in big win

It was never going to be easy for West Ham to start their league campaign at Anfield but Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge of the Hammers quickly turned into a disaster, thanks to some bad defending and naïve tactics.

Alisson kept a clean sheet on his Premier League debut as Liverpool defeated West Ham 4-0.

Sturridge replaced Salah three minutes from time and found himself on the scoresheet with his first touch from close range just 24 seconds later to record Liverpool's 500th victory in the Premier League era. "This is the first game, we have nine new players and we played one of the best teams in the Premier League". The future of football will be rotation. He has a lot of help from the players around - Sadio works really hard and the same with Gini and Millie and Robbo in this case.

Jack Wilshere will be given a personal training plan at West Ham in order to keep him fit and pave the way for an England return. "He's only going to get better, so to come into a new team, a new style of play, and to do so well, you can only imagine how good he's going to be in a few months' time with more games and more time with the boys".

Much was left on the shoulders of Messrs Salah, Mane and Firmino last season to try and manufacture a goal from very little, but Keita added to that trio could provide a real menacing quartet, and with Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson likely to adopt the defensive midfield role this season then that can give Keita the licence to unlock defences at will, as well as pressing on opposing midfielders to win the ball back.

"We need to improve in attack and continue working". However, Wanderers will be disappointed it was not more having played against 10 men for the majority of the game.

After a confidence-shattering performance in the Champions League final, Loris Karius is out as the number 1 in goal for Liverpool.

Keita started the move for Liverpool's opener and possessed the pace and skill to consistently drove through the heart of West Ham's pedestrian midfield.

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"I think Liverpool played better than us".

Anderson and Yarmolenko had their moments but overall the visitors were comprehensively outplayed.

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On another day Salah could have had a first-half hat-trick as Lukasz Fabianski twice denied him, once from point-blank range.

Mark Hughes's side looked the more likely to score after the break but England worldwide Hart, who joined Burnley last week from Manchester City, produced some fine saves. Far be it from Klopp to stand still, mind: Liverpool's net summer spend of £162.5million is more than double that of Chelsea, the next most profligate.

But a draw was a fair result, as Hart acknowledged. So that's really good. "After six weeks in I don't make the difference between a new player and another player because for me, it is exactly similar importance that Millie [James Milner] and Gini [Wijnaldum] are ready to make the next step in their development as well".

His opposite number McCarthy agreed. I shall break it down in the form of snippets below with the aid of animations to back my points.