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Liverpool's African kings Salah, Mane score in dominant win over West Ham

Liverpool's African kings Salah, Mane score in dominant win over West Ham

African goal poachers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah tormented West Ham United as Liverpool went top of the English Premier League with a 4-0 opening-round triumph at Anfield.

The win over West Ham was Liverpool's 27th in the league, more than they have against any other team, while West Ham have only won once at Anfield in 46 league games.

"Of course we are absolutely positive, we are not going to crush that optimism". Sadio [Mane] works really hard and the same with Gini and Millie and Robbo [Andrew Robertson] in this case, so that's really good.

What we can not do is get carried away and start thinking the good times are rolling again at Anfield because despite all the optimism around this team, they have won nothing yet.

"We have to invest more, we have to fight more, we have to create more".

It featured everything we've come to expect from a stellar Liverpool display. We will see where it leads to.

Liverpool were far too good for West Ham United yesterday. But it was the performance against West Ham rather than the scoreline that would've encouraged manager Jurgen Klopp.

He said: "It's a very good start, for sure".

"For us it was not ideal, but really good".

The Liverpool boss said he had been the underdog throughout his football career but has Pep Guardiola's City in his sights.

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Naby Keita is one of five Liverpool players named in Sky Sports' Premier League team of the weekend by pundit Dennis Wise. But after reaching the Champions League final in May and spending more than anyone else in the Premier League in the off-season, there is palpable belief that wait will come to an end in May. We're going to try to keep the same level and keep going.

"When you look at Manchester City and the strength in depth they have in every position, I don't think anybody comes close to them".

So many pieces of the jigsaw are now in place for Klopp, but we have to be realistic about the challenge in front of them this season because Manchester City confirmed with their win at Arsenal that they are still the team to beat.

"We are not happy, we don't want to lose 4-0, but we are sure we are in the correct way and will continue working".

But it was Guinea global captain Naby Keita who could be the biggest addition as he inherited Steven Gerrard's No 8 jersey and shone from the off.

The response they got wasn't ideal, watching their side concede four goals against Liverpool for a fourth successive fixture as Claret and Blue debutants struggled across the pitch.

"I am not complaining".

It may only be August, but Liverpool has let the rest of the league know their sights are set on the title.

Nathaniel Clyne, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri were Klopp's substitute options, with Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Oxlade-Chamerblain among those in the treatment room.

West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Rice (Snodgrass, 46 mins), Antonio, Wilshere, Felipe Anderson (Hernandez, 62 mins), Arnautovic (Yarmolenko, 67 mins).