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

Liverpool transfer news £35m Xherdan Shaqiri claim made by Sky Sports pundit

Liverpool transfer news £35m Xherdan Shaqiri claim made by Sky Sports pundit

The Reds underlined their Premier League title credentials with a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of West Ham in their first game at Anfield. Manuel Pellegrini could not have asked for a more hard opening game as he took charge of the London side in his first game as their manager.

Midfield is also the obvious area in which Liverpool could have improved their starting XI this summer and the signings of Keita & Fabinho leaves you with a much stronger side now.

But this year feels like the season Jurgen Klopp will bring back the League back to Merseyside.

Lovren sat out the West Ham game and missed a large majority of Liverpool's preseason after being granted an extended break for helping Croatia reach the World Cup final.

Later today, we face West Ham who could give us problems as they will be looking for something to prove after a lacklustre season last time out.

Despite the addition of Felipe Anderson and the introductions of the likes of Robert Snodgrass, Javier Hernandez and Andriy Yarmolenko, the Hammers only managed two shots on target in the whole game, none of which threatened Alisson in the Liverpool goal. "He has settled really quick", added Klopp, highlighting the similarity with Leipzig's style of play, but also crediting Keita's new teammates such as Mane.

West Ham will continue their search for their first win of the season at the London Stadium against Bournemouth on Saturday.

Liverpool were the only Premier League side to go unbeaten at home last season and they're just [1.27] to bank three points from Sunday's opener.

The Reds had a busy schedule over pre-season, with friendly matches against Chester, Tranmere, Bury, Blackburn, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Napoli and Torino all contested. To be a Liverpool player you need special qualities as a person, as well as the ability - they have this!

Anfield's streets acted as a battleground back then but now contain a different kind of fervour. They must embrace the expectation and eagerness for success, even though it exists in the most competitive environment - and again they do it!

New signings Fabinho and Naby Keita were there from the start, Xherdan Shaqiri joined up with the team on their tour of the United States while goalkeeper Alisson has two friendlies under his belt to settle the nerves. The Hammers have a new manager and a bunch of new players, so that building of chemistry likely won't be instant.

Liverpool was the only team unbeaten at home last season. They deserved to win.

It's been six years since Liverpool last won a trophy but there's a feeling amongst the players and fans that that could change this season.

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