Liverpool must get better to mount Premier League title challenge, warns Klopp

Saturday, 18 Aug, 2018

Liverpool beat West Ham 4-0 on the opening day of the Premier League season and the players were in an understandably upbeat mood afterward.

On the contrary, Liverpool have benefited from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane's early exits in Russian Federation with Egypt and Senegal as they returned in time to join the club's pre-season tour of the United States. "Liverpool played well, but I don't think the difference was four goals".

Despite not really being tested by West Ham defensively, the Guinean was solid, having a 100% tackle success rate and making 9 recoveries, showing his willingness to win the ball back; a true Klopp player.

Unlike basically every other top side in Europe, the Liverpool board attacked the transfer market early and clinically, adding Brazilian Fabinho and Guinean Naby Keita (whom they actually signed last summer on a delayed deal) to a midfield that barely had anyone left standing at the end of last season.

Naby Keita has finally completed his switch from the Bundesliga to the Premier League and he will be revolutionary for Liverpool.

"We can not test the test before we have a test". We know about our expectations and we know there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season.

It took all of 19 minutes for the Reds to get on the board Sunday, as Mohamed Salah showed he's more than ready to continue his fine goal-scoring ways from last season.

"Absolutely a good performance, of course", Klopp told the "Daily Mail" after the game.

In the 80th minute of play, a young Liverpool fan stormed across the pitch with no-one but his idol in his sights.

At the start of the second half Michail Antonio hooked over a corner but that was as good as it got for the visitors as Mane scored his second, benefiting from the absence of an offside flag as he converted Roberto Firmino's through-ball.

Mane scored 20 goals last season, the last coming in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in May, and he is up and running with two already.

The Chilean coach said: "Yaya Toure is a good player, but in this position we have our players. We are happy with this stadium because it is a stadium this group needs".

I know it is only the first game of the season, and yes, it was against a new look West Ham United, but his performance can not be underestimated.

"I don't know why this stadium has to be hard", West Ham's manager said.

The Egypt worldwide has oozed confidence throughout pre-season and needed only 19 minutes to open his account.

Few would have predicted that the former Chelsea star would ever score in a Liverpool shirt again before this summer but given the amount of games on the agenda for the Reds this term, there is now a real chance that his career on Merseyside has been revived just before the last rites were about to be issued.