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Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United | Tactical Breakdown of Naby Keita's role

Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United | Tactical Breakdown of Naby Keita's role

Not our words, reader, but the words of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in his programme notes ahead of his side's Premier League opener against West Ham United this afternoon.

"He's only going to get better, so to come into a new team, a new style of play, and to do so well, you can only imagine how good he's going to be in a few months' time with more games and more time with the boys".

Liverpool were the transfer window's biggest spenders and Alisson Becker and Naby Keita made debuts that were irrelevant and hugely encouraging respectively, but in many ways it was as though the summer break never happened.

Naby Keita's debut impressed Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool got their league campaign underway with a comprehensive win over West Ham at Anfield.

Liverpool had only eight players in World Cup action, compared to 16 for Man City, 14 for Chelsea and 12 for Man United. West Ham gave a debut to Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson as well.

Sturridge added another, underlining West Ham's wretchedness.




"We played as good as possible today and we extended a really good pre-season into the Premier League", he told BBC Sport. It was good, we know about our expectations and we obviously realised a very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season, that's all. To be a Liverpool player you need special qualities as a person, as well as the ability - they have this!

"Normally when you bring in so many players you need a period of adjustment, but football does not allow you to have that period" started the new Irons boss. Scottish global Andrew Robertson is the first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno and should feature from the get-go on Sunday. I'm pleased, absolutely, but actually that's what we expected. That's what we expect from ourselves and then we will see where it leads because West Ham will play, for sure, a good season.

However on the flip side, many of our new acquisitions are still unproven in the Premier League, so I think it would be a bit premature to say it has been an outstanding window.

A once-great prospect whose last hurrah came in the late 1980s making a comeback against the latter-day heroes is a more accurate reflection of where Liverpool now sits. They deserved to win.

Just like last season, their attacking trio were fluid and clinical putting four past a West Ham defence that simply could not cope with the speed and movement that Liverpool showed.

It goes without saying that you have lost many points and important results due to goalkeeping errors, not just last season but for many before that too.

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