Tougher tests await, but Klopp's Liverpool live up to title hype

Liverpool news Alisson

Liverpool news Alisson

On whether Liverpool made the flawless start to the season... You saw we were not as compact anymore in that period when Arnautovic had a chance and they had a few set-pieces. Mane and Salah in particular have been able to tuck in and occupy the West Ham's backline allowing Liverpool's fullbacks to overlap.

Here, 1039 days after his appointment, the confidence on the pitch, in the technical area, and on the terraces for 2018-19 couldn't have been more aligned. "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it".

Salah should have had more as he was well picked out by a bursting run by Firmino only to place his shot too close to Lukasz Fabianski, who also made a brilliant save to turn Trent Alexander-Arnold's free-kick behind.

Jurgen Klopp will be extremely happy with the result and the team's performance, who were by no means exceptional but never looked like they weren't in control of the match.

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Mane, who has now scored in each of his last three Premier League openers, and Salah, the league's Golden Boot victor last season with 32 goals, sealed Liverpool's victory in their first competitive game since they lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in March.

And the supporters positivity was echoed by their Chilean boss, who said: "I will try to play attacking football and score a lot of goals because, throughout my career, I have always been a manager who plays offensive football and tries to attack".

"I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn't think he was worth £75m, and I didn't think he would have the impact on Liverpool's defence that he's had". The challenge now is whether they can take the extra step and secure silverware.

"It is hard to win every game, if we see how Wolves, Fulham or Everton act, they are all ambitious". Expectation - ours is the highest, but that changes nothing.

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"The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in (Riyad) Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker", warned Klopp, insisting Liverpool are still the underdogs.

Klopp's strength in depth has been greatly elevated, even without having a full roster to select from yet.

Yes [I can see it] because I am not blind!

The German said: "We know about our expectations and we realise there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season". Clyney the same, Dom Solanke, Divock Origi are all getting better and better and better, but that's what you need.

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"At the beginning it isn't easy, especially for the new players learning with the guys". It was only a check-up and the scan was clear, but he felt ill when he came back so we sent him home again. It was hardly what you would expect overall from a £36million signing. That is why so many are talking about them.

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    Elsewhere, Joe Gomez partners Virgil van Dijk in defence, while Jordan Henderson is also among the substitutes. The central defensive area is a bit of an issue for Klopp and Liverpool .

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