Liverpool out to set Premier League milestone as West Ham visit
- Author: Julie Sanders Aug 12, 2018,
Aug 12, 2018, 23:55
The German said: "We know about our expectations and we realise there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season".
At the very least, they will be looking to improve on their fourth placed finish in the top flight under Klopp last term. He brought in no fewer than eleven new signings - Jack Wilsehere and the £36m Felipe Anderson the most notable arrivals - and that, as with Liverpool, has whetted the fans' appetites for 2018/19.
Many have tipped this transfer window as being one of the best in our recent history and it would be hard to disagree.
Speaking ahead of the game, boss Jurgen Klopp, said: "We have to be in a championship mode".
"Liverpool have waited 28 years".
A survey this week claimed Liverpool were last season's unluckiest team with decisions costing them 12 points but Sturridge turning home a deflected corner seconds after replacing Salah showed everything was going their way. They were obviously taller than us today, so that was always a bit tricky, with the wind also.
We didn't have that in the pre-season really, because after 60 minutes you change.
"All the staff, all the people, not to mention the players". What are your prospects for this season? Their run in European was coupled with them being the only team to beat the Premier League champions, Manchester City on three occasions. "We have to be ready week in, week out for the different challenges". It is a start - not ideal but really good.
"For that it was a clear start, it was good".
During the previous two summers, first in California and then Hong Kong, the manager addressed the psychology of his squad and the wider Liverpool world. What are your thoughts about coming up against the likes of Firmino, Salah and Mané and how do you think you'll do to try and counter them?
Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva spoiled the Premier League debut of Arsenal manager Unai Emery as Manchester City opened the defence of their title with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.
West Ham head to Anfield on the back of four wins and two draws from their last six friendlies and, if the new boys can gel when the real stuff starts, a promising campaign awaits.
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. "This is why we have a chance and why we look forward to giving all we have from now until the last kick of the last game".
And finally, what's your score prediction for Sunday?