English Premier League Report: Liverpool v West Ham United 12 August 2018

English Premier League Report: Liverpool v West Ham United 12 August 2018

However, after a less-than-inspiring transfer window for Man United, domestic glory seems unlikely for Mourinho.

"I have to say I've got a lot of respect for him", the midfielder told his club website.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude".

Pellegrini conceded that West Ham need to do better.

Jurgen Klopp had spent his first day on the job on and every one of them since building up to this point of collective conviction.

The Reds begin their season with a tricky tie against a Hammers side that were unbeaten during pre-season.

Liverpool managed just one win in this competition last season which came in a Merseyside derby when Virgil van Dijk scored the victor against the Blues on his debut. What are your prospects for this season?

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

"I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn't think he was worth £75m, and I didn't think he would have the impact on Liverpool's defence that he's had". Many people have drawn comparisons with us and Everton last summer and it is important to avoid underachieving as much as they did.

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Liverpool's marauding side will likely trouble far more experienced players than Rice this season. For us it was not flawless, but really good. For that... the start was good.

During the previous two summers, first in California and then Hong Kong, the manager addressed the psychology of his squad and the wider Liverpool world.

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.

But after reaching the Champions League final last season and spending more than anyone else in the Premier League in the off-season, there is palpable belief that near three-decade wait can come to an end in May.

"We can not be anything different than the challenger because we have not won anything since I've been in (charge), a long time".

Of course, it is easier said than done though.

One of Klopp's big early statements came in the 4-1 win at Pellegrini's City in November 2015 and Liverpool won the Anfield fixture 3-0 the following March.

And finally, what's your score prediction for Sunday?

"Always you see things in preseason [against] different opponents and in different moments, but now the Premier League is a proper fight and immediately today that's the biggest change and then you hope as a manager that your team is ready for that, because you can not test it before you have the test. I was just happy to keep the ball out the back of the net", he said.

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