Liverpool v West Ham: Mane can get Reds up and running

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They reached the final of the Champions League and bought a lot of new players.

Mark Hughes's side looked the more likely to score after the break but England worldwide Hart, who joined Burnley last week from Manchester City, produced some fine saves.

Naby Keita's debut impressed Jurgen Klopp. "It's good that the people are positive, but the people know as well that this season will be unbelievably hard", he said.

LFC fans can not wait to get this campaign underway.

As for West Ham, it was an terrible 90 minutes.

The Chilean can take solace in the fact he won't be the only opposition manager left feeling that way after facing Liverpool this season.

Mourinho is on shakier ground than Klopp, given that he will start his third season at Old Trafford with the expectation that he must deliver a first league title to the club since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure in 2013. It is a start - not flawless but really good.

Always you see things in pre-season [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. From a West Ham point of view, how do you think we did out of ten?

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"A very good start, for sure", Klopp said at his postmatch news conference.

Liverpool may have invested £170 million ($217m) in fresh faces but that only gives them a one-year window for Premier League title success, says Jamie Carragher, with further transfer sprees unlikely.

A victory for Klopp's men will be the club's 500th in the Premier League era, and the omens are in their favour having won their last three league meetings with West Ham - scoring four goals on each of those occasions.

The central defensive area is a bit of an issue for Klopp and Liverpool. By halftime, they were 2-0 up courtesy of supreme build-up from Naby Keïta, who fed Andy Robertson to cross for a Mohamed Salah finish before James Milner broke West Ham's offside trap and Sadio Mané punished the rearguard's inability to react. The Reds only met expectations in the league but it was the best they could hope for considering Manchester City's dominance.

In pre-season, Liverpool have had to chop and change partners for Virgil Van Dijk in central defence due to injuries and Dejan Lovren coming back late from the World Cup so BTTS at [2.02] and over 3.5 goals at [2.22] both look decent plays. Mane completed his brace firing in the bottom corner on the turn after being played through by Roberto Firmino, although the former was standing in an offside position.

"Last season brought wonderful memories and great moments".

On the trip to America, he scored penalties against City and United so that's another potential boost too.

The Egypt forward scored 44 times in his first season at Liverpool and took only 19 minutes to get off the mark at Anfield.

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