Jurgen Klopp questions Liverpool's second-favourite Premier League tag

Lewis Collier
August 12, 2018

Speaking after the game, Scott did not hold back when giving her opinions on how West Ham responded to an impressive Liverpool side.

"Whether they have the capacity to catch a formidable City or not - and no matter how much opposition managers speak about Klopp having to start delivering a major trophy - it is better to be part of the conversation than on the outside listening in".

Here are five points of discussion from the game.

Shaqiri impressed during his first three pre-season cameos in a Reds shirt and his arrival alongside Alisson, Naby Keita and Fabinho has left fans optimistic about the upcoming season.

"We played as good as possible today and we extended a really good pre-season into the Premier League", he told BBC Sport.

LFC fans can not wait to get this campaign underway.

"Always you see things in preseason [against] different opponents and in different moments, but now the Premier League is a proper fight and immediately today that's the biggest change and then you hope as a manager that your team is ready for that, because you can not test it before you have the test. We need everyone in that squad before the end of the season".

But the West Ham that turned up were timid, and nearly conceded the game to the Reds even before it started.

The Draw - the Merseysiders had seven of those in their 19 matches - is [6.8] while West Ham are [14.5] to spring a surprise.

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He said: "It's a very good start, for sure". When you lose 4-0 you can not have excuses. I wrote last season I feared Liverpool may never win the league under Klopp due to the financial strength in Manchester. A 4-3 win at Arsenal and 3-3 draw at Watford!

Manuel Pellegrini's men could feel aggrieved by the third goal, which should have been ruled offside, but they were also fortunate to exit Merseyside without a more ballooned scoreline.

Klopp confirmed he does not expect Dejan Lovren to feature for two to three weeks after aggravating a stomach injury during Croatia's run to the World Cup final.

"All players are ready to go for the new season".

On the trip to America, he scored penalties against City and United so that's another potential boost too. It could be a Balotelli move, then again it could be a Mane move and that is the thing.

Just like last season, their attacking trio were fluid and clinical putting four past a West Ham defence that simply could not cope with the speed and movement that Liverpool showed. I think this club needs to have this ambition to win titles, to play for titles, and to be one of the best teams in the world.

But there could be a decent play for West Ham.

Marko Arnautovic has been banging them in during pre-season and caused Liverpool problems at Anfield previous year, striking the woodwork with the score still 0-0.

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