Liverpool's African kings Salah, Mane score in dominant win over West Ham
- Author: Steve Townsend Aug 14, 2018,
Aug 14, 2018, 8:34
Man City and Arsenal kick off their season later today.
The homage was reserved for forward Mohamed Salah in the aftermath of Liverpool's opener, with further tributes bestowed on left-back Andrew Robertson for producing the pin-point assist that had carved West Ham apart as the Reds romped to a 4-0 victory at Anfield on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Arsenal looked like the same team that failed to perform on a number of occasions under Arsene Wenger for the past few seasons. "That's all", Klopp insisted after Sunday's win. It was a tough pre-season and a good start.
"We can not test the test before we have a test. We have to invest more, fight more", he added. We had a real understanding, and I'm really happy for him that he won the title last season.
"But they are not [Manchester] United, City and all the [other teams]. We know that and we have to be ready week-in, week-out for all the challenges". The rebuilt Main Stand has ended decades of uncertainty over the stadium's expansion while a sense of collective unity has appeared where suspicion previously reigned supreme.
In contrast, Liverpool's rivals United had an underwhelming summer with Brazilian midfielder Fred the most notable signing despite missing out on the title by 19 points last season. The only visceral tones now are reserved for opposing players and match officials. "I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go".
Keita, who was recruited from RB Leipzig after a year's wait for an initial £52 million (S$91.2 million), did the No. 8 jersey - worn by former captain Steven Gerrard and not used since his 2015 departure - proud and showed that the delayed gratification had been worth it. They reached the final of the Champions League and bought a lot of new players.
Klopp's men handed a first competitive debut to two of their high-profile recruits of the summer in the form of Keita and Alisson Becker, in what played out to be a fairly one-sided contest.
Former Reds goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar went a step further, telling the Mirror that Keita can be better than Chelsea's N'Golo Kante and that "he's the complete package and the flawless person to wear that jersey after Stevie G". Southampton and Burnley were the other sides to start their seasons. "He's top quality. He is a ball victor with great drive and fantastic ability".
They managed three, although the third was clearly offside, but it could have been more such was their dominance.
"West Ham will play for sure a good season but they are not the Uniteds, the Citys".
'But there does seem to be a definite threat from Liverpool at this moment in time, but Liverpool will have to prove that'.