Season Preview: Liverpool have trophies within reach

Distant Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and Loris Karius this week

Liverpool's ruthless 4-0 win over West Ham on Sunday proved that the English Premier League's battle for supremacy is unlikely to be the one-horse contest of 12 months prior.

The Merseyside outfit will kick off their Premier League campaign with a home clash against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool will be hoping this season brings them success, with many believing the Reds are a serious threat to Manchester City for the Premier League title. That is good that people are positive, but this season will be unbelievably hard. "Yes, it's a start - ideal as well because we won the game".

With the Hammers well and truly out of the contest, Daniel Sturridge made it 4-0 with his first touch as a substitute.

Mane, who has now scored in each of his last three Premier League openers, and Salah, the league's Golden Boot victor last season with 32 goals, sealed Liverpool's victory in their first competitive game since they lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in March.

The move began with Trent Alexander-Arnold's vision picking out Keita in the centre-circle when Klopp was urging him to go down the line and the midfielder drove at the heart of West Ham's back-tracking defence to tee up the full-back.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellergini responded by introducing former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez after the hour mark.

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Golden Boot holder Mohamed Salah appears to have picked up where he left off, as he scored the opening goal before Sadio Mane netted twice.

The reds matched the weekend's best Premier League win and it was no surprise that Mo Salah scored the reds' first goal of the season.

Both of these teams came in to the game with bags of confidence off the back of impressive pre-season preparations, with both also adding several new additions to their squad over the summer.

Afterwards, Klopp offered an update on Dejan Lovren's fitness and spoke of his satisfaction at the result and the performance of his team as they got their campaign up and running in style. We knew it was going to be hard. They reached the final of the Champions League and bought a lot of new players. That's what we spoke about and what we expect from ourselves.

He can play different positions of course, but I think No.8 is his best in the moment, so that's all cool. They played better than us. I don't like to look too far ahead - we just need to do the talking on the pitch and make sure we perform well.

Naby Keita (Liverpool): The forwards did the damage in front of goal, but the Guinean produced an energetic, all-action display in the midfield that really caught the eye.

Klopp believes they still have improvements to make after a four-goal show that had Anfield dreaming big already.

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