Jurgen Klopp: No one expects more of us than ourselves


Liverpool should start the season with a win but West Ham can find the net too, says Dave Tindall, as he previews Sunday's match between the two clubs. "We are just starting the season, but we need to analyse this game", said Pellegrini.

What was immediately evident, even on the basis of these opening 90 minutes, was that Liverpool are a different - and better - proposition with new midfielder Naby Keita catching the eye. I shall break it down in the form of snippets below with the aid of animations to back my points.

The £65million goalkeeper was brought in from Roma to address a long-term weakness in Jurgen Klopp's side, but, on this occasion, the Reds hardly needed their last line of defence.

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.

Keita has been instrumental in occupying higher positions on the pitch and making Liverpool's midfield shape resemble a 2-1 structure.

West Ham's best chance came in the 49th minute as Felipe Anderson flicked the ball to Michail Antonio, who volleyed it over the bar.

Sturridge added another, underlining West Ham's wretchedness.

It's the same with all teams with worldwide players out and the first game after pre-season is always tough.

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The Reds had a busy schedule over pre-season, with friendly matches against Chester, Tranmere, Bury, Blackburn, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Napoli and Torino all contested.

Alisson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita all made their competitive Liverpool debuts against West Ham following their summer arrivals.

However, if the new players failed to bed down quickly, and the Reds struggled to stay in the top four, then the halo above Klopp could quickly start to fade. Nobody knows exactly how well you did or how worthy your pre-season is.

That would mean that Klopp will be smiling more than Mourinho by next May, with the latter departing Old Trafford after another season of only moderate success.

"What is important is that we know what we want to be, and we want to be a challenger".

But he said his team would also need a change in luck if they are to catch last year's runaway champions Manchester City.

Expectation around Anfield has risen on the back of a productive summer which delivered a £177 million ($226m) spending spree.