West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini must change his ways

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They reached the final of the Champions League and bought a lot of new players. Manager Jurgen Klopp, however, continues to perceive his side as an underdog in the battle to unseat Man City, likening their challenge to Rocky Balboa attempting to topple Ivan Drago. Liverpool were able to exploit West Ham's left side where there was a large gap between Wilshere and Antonio.

New goalkeeper Alisson Becker is a serious and vital upgrade, Fabinho and Naby Keita have beefed up the midfield and Xherdan Shaqiri is an exciting wildcard, who could look ludicrously cheap.

LFC fans can not wait to get this campaign underway. Mane and Salah in particular have been able to tuck in and occupy the West Ham's backline allowing Liverpool's fullbacks to overlap.

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The 28-year-old featured regularly in pre-season and scored four times to stake a convincing claim for regular opportunities. For us it was not flawless, but really good.

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

Former City and Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini is used to competing at the top of the table.

The Reds underlined their Premier League title credentials with a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of West Ham in their first game at Anfield.

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The central defensive area is a bit of an issue for Klopp and Liverpool. After that, a clear goal offside decided the game with the third goal.

The Reds now have a team that can be genuine title contenders this season, and it would be far from a travesty if they failed to sign anyone else before tonight's deadline.

Alisson came to pre-season training later than the main group because of his involvement in the World Cup and has played just two friendlies against Napoli and Torino in the last six days. The pace in attack was frightening as the fearsome front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane picked up where they left off last season, leaving defenders tripping over themselves as they hurriedly retreated.

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

Yet, despite the vast investment in the East Londoners, on this evidence Pellegrini will do well to better West Ham's 13th-placed finish last season as the visitors were happy to limit the damage after the break.

With Jose Mourinho in siege mode at Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea both wrestling transition, and Tottenham failing to invest in their squad for a first time since the transfer window came into effect in 2003, this season is firmly Liverpool's for the taking.

As for other scoring options, Daniel Sturridge won't start but he's been Liverpool's top scorer in pre-season and the rejuvenated striker could be worth a look for last goal at 7/2.

West Ham's race, for the day at least, was clearly run.

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