How Liverpool beat Real Madrid to the £66million signing of Alisson

Klopp, however, has sounded out suggestions that their transfer activity makes them the biggest threat to City's defence of the Premier League title. The result continued West Ham's awful record at Anfield, which now extends to one win in 46 league games. In contrast, midfielder Naby Keita, who cost Liverpool 50mn pounds from RB Leipzig, was excellent throughout. Mane did so against West Ham as Liverpool look to state its early intentions as Premier League favorites while Pereyra ripped apart Brighton & Hove Albion.

Former England global Andy Hinchcliffe also told Sky: "You're just not sure what he is going to do so you're not sure whether to stand off him or get tight with him".

"There must have been something in the water among the Premier League's left-back fraternity this weekend as also breaking double figures was last season's Jose Mourinho bête noire Luke Shaw".

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. "We have to be ready week in, week out for the different challenges".

"We made a good performance in general and day by day we will get better and better", he said.

He was initially installed as a ball-carrier in midfield while the duo of Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner kept things settled in midfield.

"We are just starting the season".

But it wasn't just the XI players on the pitch that Liverpool fans were pleased with.

We've all seen how nonchalant Hazard can be when scoring from the spot, waiting for the goalkeeper to move and commit himself before casually rolling the ball in the opposite corner.

They managed three, although the third was clearly offside, but it could have been more such was their dominance.

While some argue that City's Champions League ambitions might have to be put on hold for a few more years, Pep Guardiola's men look on course to retain the Premier League title despite only playing their season opener against Arsenal on Sunday.

Two-goal hero Mane told that the Reds had picked up the season where they left off their pre-season form, which bodes well for the games ahead.

Pellegrini continued: "We concede in the first half and then had two or three clear chances to draw level, then conceded in the last second of the period so we arrived in the dressing room and it was tough".

The Hammers come to Liverpool hoping to improve on their 13th-place finish in the 2017-2018 season.

Pellegrini gave debuts to Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena, Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere, then introduced a sixth newcomer Andriy Yarmolenko as a substitute.

  • Julie Sanders