Five things we learned in the Premier League

Tuesday, 14 Aug, 2018

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool face an "unbelievably hard" Premier League season despite opening the campaign with a 4-0 rout of West Ham United, their biggest opening-day win at Anfield since 1932. Gomez made 4 clearances and won 2 tackles and 4 duels.

The Egypt forward scored 44 times in his first season at Liverpool and took only 19 minutes to get off the mark at Anfield. Pellegrini has a big project on his hands, with multiple new players to integrate. As mentioned in our build-up to the game, his pace aided Liverpool in squeezing West Ham back, limiting the Hammers to just two shots on target throughout.

Naby Keïta impressed on his Liverpool debut as Klopp fielded the £52.75m signing from Red Bull Leipzig on the left of a three-man midfield.

As he was quick to point out, the clean sheet was just as pleasing as his side's attacking play.

A notable thread from this weekend's games was how many of those who appeared in the latter stages of the World Cup not only played, but excelled. However, you'd expect them to be keeping hush behind the sofa after this one.

It may only be August, but Liverpool has let the rest of the league know their sights are set on the title. They can, and probably will, get better.

Wilshere missed out on England World Cup squad but Pellegrini feels the 26-year-old has a skillset suited to global football and believes he can use his move to West Ham as a springboard to get back into Gareth Southgate's good graces.

There was no way back for Arsenal at that point and the three points went back with Guardiola to Manchester.

Spurs are the only top tier team not to have made a signing since the end of last season and manager Mauricio Pochettino will need a tougher test than this to assess whether fatigue will be a telling factor for his squad this term.

"It's just one of those things".

The Reds got off to the flawless start in their Premier League campaign as they produced a brilliant display against the Hammers at Anfield to kick off the season in style.

Despite getting off to a winning start against Leicester on Friday, all is still not well at Manchester United between star midfielder Paul Pogba, manager Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

There was little tinkering for Klopp to do up front after Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 91 goals last season, and they again provided the firepower to outclass a sorry West Ham despite their own near £100 million outlay on nine new players.