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Liverpool confirm squad numbers for new arrivals

12 August 2018

There were components to Pellegrini's set-up that looked promising at times in the first half and Marko Arnautovic wasted two decent chances, but the manner of their defending and their approach play in attack will be a cause for concern even after only one game. "They know that, we know that and we have to be ready week in week out for the different challenges". By the looks of things, Manuel Pellegrini's side still need to spend some more minutes on the training to improve their cohesion, as the side often looked to be on completely different wavelengths. We said it before the game again, what people say is sometimes nice, sometimes not so nice, but it is always not important.

"We want to compete with the biggest teams like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona".

A couple of Sadio Mane strikes, either side of goals for Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge, saw the Reds cruise to all three points in their opening Premier League match.

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Keita feels a lot of good work was done over pre-season and now Liverpool must show it against West Ham.

Like Liverpool, the Hammers got their business done early and they too have had seen some positive signs in pre-season.

This time, they have a Premier League victor at the helm in the classy Manuel Pellegrini and a squad improved by the signings of exciting Brazilian Felipe Anderson (club record buy), defender Issa Diop, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, forward Andriy Yarmolenko and free signings Jack Wilshire and Ryan Fredericks.

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"It has to be our ambition to compete with the best and to go on the field against whoever we play trying to win the game and dominate the game". You can not create that situation, that's what I mean when I said you can not test the test before you have the test.

Salah's shift from pacey wide-man to clinical forward under Klopp has been truly remarkable, and he continued to pick up the same positions from which he was so ruthless last season as well as showing some lovely moments of interplay. "Expectation - ours is the highest, but that changes nothing". 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.

Yes [I can see it] because I am not blind! That is why so many are talking about them. "But my goodness he's got an assist, he's got a goal, set players". After last season's painful and horrid ending to a fairy tale Champions League run you'd think it would be hard for them to recover from such a heartbreaking end.

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The match can be viewed at 1:30 GMT on Sky Sports Premier League.

Liverpool confirm squad numbers for new arrivals