Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool can not be anything but the challenger

Nabil Fekir

Mane then struck in first-half injury time, finishing from a volley from James Milner at the byline.

Just as importantly, unlike Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho who were lured away from Anfield to Barcelona in recent years, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino signed new contracts as a statement of intent of what is to come for Klopp's Liverpool.

Read on for a summary of the manager's post-match press conference.

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.

A very good start, for sure. Flawless because we won the game, but as a game not ideal, just really good.

It will be interesting to see where Xherdan Shaqiri fits into the Liverpool puzzle, as the attacking midfielder enjoyed an impressive pre-season.

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The Reds come into the game after a solid pre-season and manager Jurgen Klopp will be hopeful that his charges are able to translate that form into the game against Manuel Pellegrini's side at home and lead Liverpool to their 500th Premier League win.

"For that it was a clear start, it was good". After being 1-0 up, maybe we didn't have exactly the same dominance, we felt the intensity. So to sign someone of Alisson's calibre will definitely turn out to be a major coup in my opinion, regardless of the price tag, and it could be the difference between you winning a trophy and not winning one this season. You saw we were not as compact anymore in that period when Arnautovic had a chance and they had a few set-pieces.

"There would always be a point where we spent a bit more money". Substitute Daniel Sturridge bundled in a late fourth.

"It was a good performance, of course".

Mane became the first Liverpool player to score in three consecutive opening top-flight fixtures since John Barnes between 1989-90 and 1991-92.

Liverpool's midfield provided the foundation to both scorch and stifle with Gini Wijnaldum controlling well at the base, while Milner was core to every facet of play and Keita exposed spaces the visitors knew nothing about until he weaved through them. So that's really good.

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The win over West Ham was Liverpool's 27th in the league, more than they have against any other team, while West Ham have only won once at Anfield in 46 league games.

"You can not test it until you have the test". We can not be anything different than the challenge because we didn't win anything for a long time. "We have to invest more, fight more", he added. "Joel did yesterday parts of training like Joe did - we will see how they are today". "We need to be ready and have that quality". Expectation - ours is the highest, but that changes nothing.

The fact that despite a host of new additions, Pellegrini gave Rice a start should be a great boost for the young man, but at Anfield, he sadly looked out of his depth and often found himself out of position as Liverpool strolled forward. Alberto Moreno, I have no explanation why he's not in the squad - he had a fantastic pre-season, he got better and better and better but we have to make these decisions.

Bring the likes of Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into the equation as well and you get the full picture.

Who do you reckon is the best defender in the world? I am pretty open when I speak about this.

He will certainly have more hard games than this, but this was an encouraging start for the 23-year-old.

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Chelsea were strong today, but I don't think we've shown too much respect. "It depends on me and the players". Maybe the performances in the first part of the season will not be in line with the potential of the squad.


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