Liverpool’s emphatic opening win sends a message to Man City

Chelsea midfielder N'golo Kante celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his team's first goal against Huddersfield Town

GETTY IMAGES Chelsea midfielder N'golo Kante celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his team's first goal against Huddersfield Town

Liverpool kickstarted their Premier League campaign with a thumping thrashing of West Ham at Anfield.

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At Anfield, Salah gave Juergen Klopp's Liverpool side the lead after 19 minutes from Andy Robertson's precise low cross.

Wijnaldum was also impressed with the league debut of Keïta, who helped create the opening goal for Mohamed Salah and settled immediately in midfield.

That hype is because Liverpool have built from a position of strength. Another season without silverware could see the end of Klopp.

Midfielder Naby Keita was a bundle of energy and the star performer of the new boys that showed why Liverpool were willing to shell out £52.75m and wait a year for the Guinean after agreeing a deal with Leipzig last summer.

Naby Keita's presence has enabled Liverpool to alter their attacking shape a bit.

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The German said: "We know about our expectations and we realise there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season". This summer, he has endured relegation at Stoke, scored a wonderful goal for Switzerland at the World Cup, found himself reprimanded by Federation Internationale de Football Association for a goal celebration that politicised his Albanian-Kosovan heritage, and been prised off the market by Klopp, who said of the signing: "I think the English phrase is a "no-brainer". Not his attacking play because he didn't have a chance but his willingness to defend. I think he can regain the ball, his counterpressing is good.

"I knew he was an aggressive player but by taking the No 8 shirt which has been vacant since Steven Gerrard left Liverpool three years ago, Keita proved before a ball was even kicked that he does not shy away from a challenge, " said former Liverpool midfielder-turned-pundit, Jamie Redknapp.

Xherdan Shaqiri starts on the Liverpool bench with fellow summer addition Fabinho also making the replacements after picking up a knock midweek.

"I am not blind".

"The plan is they are all happy because they played an important part in our season, so from my point of view all good".

Jurgen Klopp's side made light work of the Hammers at Anfield to move above Chelsea at the top of the table, the latter having beaten Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Saturday.

"In the first half we needed less respect for City and then more aggressive pressing", he said. A once-great prospect whose last hurrah came in the late 1980s making a comeback against the latter-day heroes is a more accurate reflection of where Liverpool now sits.

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