Liverpool 4, West Ham 0: Mane grabs brace in big win

Liverpool's captain Daniel Sturridge applauds supporters following a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. Virgil van Dijk

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Virgil van Dijk insists Liverpool will pay no attention to being talked up as potential Premier League champions. 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.

Salah and Mane's pain at worldwide level was Liverpool's gain as early exits at the World Cup with Egypt and Senegal meant they could join the club's pre-season tour of the United States, unlike a host of Premier League stars who returned to training just last week after their exertions in Russian Federation.

He finished the season with 44 goals in all competitions to finish as one of Europe's leading goal-scorers.

Keita, meanwhile, combined industry and incision during his 70 minutes on the left of Liverpool's midfield three. At Bournemouth and at Arsenal, he didn't have too many injuries.

Poor defending cost them a second goal just before the interval, to Sadio Mane, who added a third after 53 minutes from an offside position. You just have to do your best for the manager.

Klopp's men will be tough to stop at Anfield this season, the way it should be for title challengers.

Despite impressing in pre-season and working his way back into Jurgen Klopp's plans, however, Gray insists that now is not the time to get carried away about Sturridge's performances.

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And after the first round of games, Liverpool sit top of the table, sending a clear message of intent to City. No team has successfully defended the English title since Manchester United in 2008-09. "Not too much though like "hello" and "goodbye".

'So Naby is in because he's a really good footballer and I've said it from the beginning that he's obviously settled really quick and has a similar style of play in a similar position as he did at Leipzig. "We have to be ready week in week out for the challenges", he said. We conceded the last goal in the last second of the period so you arrive to the dressing room with another task if you lose just 1-0.

Gomez regained possession nine times throughout the 90 minutes - only Keita did so on as many occasions for Liverpool - and made a team-high four clearances, as well as three tackles and one block.

City's excellence underlined the size of the task facing new Arsenal boss Emery as the Gunners begin life without Arsene Wenger.

Danny Ings, brought in on loan from Liverpool, came off the bench to make his Southampton debut against his former club.

"We wanted to show our best performance, but the first half we didn't play like we wanted".

"We know the expectations; we have expectations as well", said Klopp.

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