Five Things We Learned As Liverpool Easily See Off West Ham

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Anfield has proved to be a far from happy hunting ground for the Hammers over the years.

The London side have only won once in their last 45 visits to Anfield, and Liverpool will be looking to make their stadium a fortress once again this campaign after finishing last season unbeaten at home.

It's still a huge ask to close a gap of 25 points but Liverpool have strengthened intelligently and only five points separated the two sides in the second half of 2017/208.

Jurgen Klopp is trying to keep a lid on expectations, but ahead of the new Premier League season, Anfield is brimming with excitement that Liverpool could finally end a near three decade wait to be crowned champions of England.

Former City and Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini is used to competing at the top of the table. So Naby is in because he's a really good footballer and I've said it from the beginning that he's obviously settled really quick and has a similar style of play in a similar position as he did at Leipzig.

Liverpool spent a reported £176million ($225million, 196million euros) bringing in, among others, Brazilians goalkeeper Alisson and midfielder Fabinho and Klopp hopes to deliver Liverpool's first league title in the Premier League era, with the last of their 18 champions crowns coming in 1990. "We jump into the water and we dive until we don't have oxygen anymore".

Also note that, despite being in charge of Man City at the time, Pellegrini lost four of his six matches against Liverpool so they're a side he's struggled against.

Salah and Sadio Mane were able to join the club's pre-season tour in the United States are being knocked out in the group stages in Russian Federation with Egypt and Senegal, while Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Keita, Fabinho and James Milner had the summer off. Klopp spoke of his desire to make Mourinho lighten up ahead of last month's International Champions Cup (ICC) in MI where Liverpool thrashed Man United 4-1 in a largely meaningless friendly.

But the hosts were enjoying the better of proceedings. Milner reached it and poked it back across the face of goal where Mane was there to meet, greet and dispatch it.

But there could be a decent play for West Ham. Michail Antonio unable to direct goalwards after Felipe Anderson had flicked on a Robert Snodgrass fag-kick.

Just 8 minutes in to the second half the "Irons" defence was too tame in dealing with a piercing run from Roberto Firmino, who slid the ball through to Mane who decisively added his second on the half-turn. "They have given themselves a chance by investing heavily to correct weaknesses in their line-up - a chance that will not come along regularly". Substitute Daniel Sturridge bundled in a late fourth. It was the 28-year-olds first touch just seconds after replacing the irresistible Salah.

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