Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United | Tactical Breakdown of Naby Keita's role

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United | Tactical Breakdown of Naby Keita's role

The Reds had a successful campaign last time around, finishing fourth in the Premier League whilst reaching the final of the Champions League in Kiev. The Guinea international's role in opening the scoring saw him play a perfectly weighted pass for Andy Robertson to tee up Mohamed Salah for his 45th goal from 53 appearances.

A recent survey revealed Liverpool were the Premier League's unluckiest club last season, with decisions costing them 12 points.

Replicating the 44-goal haul which heralded Salah's debut season at Anfield has not fazed the Egyptian despite an early Champions League final exit and similarly fruitless travails with his national side as they mutedly exited the World Cup group stages.

It was the icing on the cake on what was close to a ideal afternoon for Klopp and Co as new boys Alisson and Naby Keita both impressed.

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Salah should have had more as he was well picked out by a bursting run by Firmino only to place his shot too close to Lukasz Fabianski, who also made a brilliant save to turn Trent Alexander-Arnold's free-kick behind.

The 72.5 million euro ($84 million) fee paid for Alisson was a world record for a 'keeper, but just a few weeks on seems reasonable compared to the 80 million euros Chelsea splashed out for the far more inexperienced Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao. Sadio Mane was a whisker away from a telling contact with Georginio Wijnaldum's diagonal ball, while James Milner's pinpoint centre eluded Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino as the home side looked for a flawless start.

Mane was on the score sheet again as he gave the Reds a 3-0 lead just minutes after half-time when he pounced on a through-ball from Firmino but replays showed he was offside.

Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva spoiled the Premier League debut of Arsenal manager Unai Emery as Manchester City opened the defence of their title with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium. No team has successfully defended the English title since Manchester United in 2008-09.

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"It is hard to win every game, if we see how Wolves, Fulham or Everton act, they are all ambitious". None of us plan on standing still, let alone going backwards. We created a lot of chances.

"It was pretty normal there would be one season when we would spend more money", Klopp said.

"At the beginning it isn't easy, especially for the new players learning with the guys".

The Spaniard will need time to make his mark on a moribund club and, while Arsenal couldn't be faulted for effort against City, there was precious little quality about their play. "We spoke at half-time about taking more responsibility", Emery said.

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He delivered a typically excellent ball in to the box where none other than 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot victor Mohamed Salah was waiting to slot home and open this season's account.

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