Great expectations on Liverpool to end long wait for league title

Great expectations on Liverpool to end long wait for league title

Great expectations on Liverpool to end long wait for league title

Overall though I think it is fair to say this window has exceeded the expectations of many of us, so I will rate it at a 7.5/10.

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. After a disappointing 2016/17 season, Klopp strengthened key areas of the squad including centre-back and left-back.

"Can Liverpool reproduce that high-intensity football Saturday-Wednesday?"

The "Fab 3" took Europe by a storm last season as they together produced 91 goals.

It's been six years since Liverpool last won a trophy but there's a feeling amongst the players and fans that that could change this season.

Alisson was largely a spectator in-between the sticks on his competitive debut, with the Reds restricting the Hammers to a shot on target in each half. Meanwhile, their domestic cup performances were well below par and they must improve this season.

He said: "We knew it would be hard because we knew we were playing against one of the best teams of the Premier League, a team that had reached the final of the Champions League and one which has a lot of new players. He can play different positions but I think the eight is his best for the moment".

The clock had struck 55, Liverpool had already scored thrice, and the volume of Anfield's voice was turned to full dial. That is why so many are talking about them. The Premier League is arguably the toughest league in the world though but there will be few excuses for not challenging for the title.

Speaking of the defensive situation ahead of the game, the Liverpool manager said in his pre-match press conference, "Dejan will not be available for the weekend, that's how it is".

It is a shame Ings didn't reach the heights he displayed at Burnley during his time at Anfield, nevertheless this is a move that needed to happen this summer. However, that is what Liverpool will be tasked with this season.

There was little tinkering for Klopp to do up front after Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 91 goals last season, and they again provided the firepower to outclass a sorry West Ham despite their own near £100 million outlay on nine new players.

If Liverpool want to continue to operate as one of Europe's elite teams, they'll have to get used to the weight of expectation.

But just when it appeared Liverpool would be frustrated by just a one-goal advantage West Ham helpfully switched off on the stroke of half-time.

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.

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