West Ham boss Pellegrini rejects Toure reunion

Liverpool's Nathaniel Phillips

So while the rest of the Premier League's top six were scrambling to add new players - in particular arch-rivals Manchester United - before this year's early transfer deadline, Liverpool knew exactly what they'd look like in the opener.

In the words of manager Jurgen Klopp, there is an expectation on Liverpool to make the step up this season. After reaching the Champions League final last season, key areas of the team have been bolstered. "It is our home stadium because it is what this club needs and deserves". "They knew from the beginning they would go out on loan", added Pellegrini.

The Egypt global has oozed confidence throughout pre-season and needed only 19 minutes to open his account. Now we have a new season.

It wasn't his long-range passing abilities that were on display, but more his tactical understanding along with his determination, close control and decision making that really gave us a greater threat going forward.

REUTERS/Matthew ChildsThe hosts were ahead inside 25 minutes when Ryan Fraser found himself unmarked ten yards out following a cut-back from Callum Wilson to finish past Neil Etheridge.

He made the headlines this weekend for the right reasons, scoring the team's 4th goal in the opening game of their 2018/19 campaign against West Ham, with his first touch after coming off the bench late on.

"I don't know why this stadium has to be hard", West Ham's manager said.

Could Javier Hernandez get the start?

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Keita certainly looked the part for Liverpool and is already filling the void of the departed Phil Coutinho back in January.

That hype is because Liverpool have built from a position of strength.

Even with Mane's offsides goal, the 4-0 scoreline was kind to West Ham.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini: "We are trying to change our mentality".

It also maintained their fine Anfield record against West Ham, who have now won just one of their past 46 top-flight visits. That being said, with such a heavy spend, supporters will expect to see results on the pitch, and quickly. The 22-year-old Traore, who netted 13 times in his debut season in France, drove past a defender and into the penalty area before slotting the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Regis Gurtner from an acute angle. "We are just starting the season, but we need to analyse this game", said Pellegrini.

He developed an instant understanding with Uruguayan superstar Luis Suarez and with fellow England worldwide Raheem Sterling also breaking into the first team at the time, then manager Brendan Rodgers had one of the most potent attacking forces in the Premier League at his disposal.

Defensively, the Hammers and the Cherries were vulnerable throughout the 2017/18 season, shipping a huge 129 goals between them... this one could have all the ingredients for another goal-fest. The club has spent a lot of money this summer and the fans want to see a return on that investment.

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