Liverpool vs. West Ham United - Football Match Report

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The champions, attempting to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to retain the title, were too good for an Arsenal side playing under new Spanish manager Unai Emery.

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago", he said on the eve of the season, invoking the underdog spirit of the fictional American boxer. You can't expect these players to come in and perform to the level we were facing on Sunday.

The 21-year-old, who has played primarily at full-back for the Reds but sees a central berth as his long-term future, responded with a display of confident authority. "They know that, we know that and we have to be ready week in week out for the different challenges".

"It's all about being consistent". It's more competition, which is exactly what you want. But we must look at ourselves. I do not feel any pressure in that case because we play every game to win, that's how our mind-set is.

Two of their potent forward trio picked up where they left off last season, and you're inclined to think they might even be more deadly, given the greater support and solidity behind them.

Jurgen Klopp started with summer-signing Naby Keita in midfield and Alisson in goal while Jack Wilshere was one of a raft of new faces in the Hammers' 11.

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

"We know about our expectations and we obviously realize the very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season".

Team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum believes Liverpool can achieve something special this season.

Keita played the full 90 minutes on his Premier League debut after having signed for the Reds from RB Leipzig in the summer transfer window. "I can see them and I can read the line-up and see then who is on the bench", said Klopp when quizzed if he will have a hard balancing act to keep all of his squad engaged over the campaign.

Liverpool's midfield was often said to be a problem area in the last campaign due to a lack of creativity following the departure of Philippe Coutinho, while they were also hampered at times by injuries. Fabianski was by far the busier 'keeper with Alisson making just one comfortable save and impressing far more with his feet to launch a series of Liverpool attacks. He's top quality, like all the signings we've brought in.

The Netherlands global went on to play 22 games in all competitions for the Reds in the second half of last season, including six in the Champions League en route to the final.

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