Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool can not be anything but the challenger

Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool can not be anything but the challenger

Ross Houston
August 12, 2018

Mohamed Salah tapped the Reds into an early lead before Sadio Mane extended the advantage in first-half stoppage-time.

On 88 minutes, when Daniel Sturridge made it four with his first touch against West Ham, the stadium erupted again to revel in the mastery.

Post-match, the German observed the shift in mood and sharpened expectancy around the place, but also underscored that the coming weeks won't be as comfortable.

"People are not feeling that way about Manchester United or Tottenham or Chelsea at this moment in time, because of what has happened in pre-season".

A very good start, for sure. We need to work during the week and try to win three points at home.

Liverpool's marauding side will likely trouble far more experienced players than Rice this season.

He had little to call on when Salah had to go off injured in the Champions League final against Real Madrid last season. The only problem was, Mane was clearly offside, and by the looks of the footage, the linesman had a pretty good view of the incident. After being 1-0 up, maybe we didn't have exactly the same dominance, we felt the intensity. However, don't be surprised if you see a fair few familiar faces leave Anfield during today's antics.

"It's a thing that's so important to me - to be happy and wanted, to feel valued".

"[It was] nice. An absolutely good performance, of course", he told reporters.

"I think Liverpool played better than us". So that's really good.

"We can not be anything other than "the challenger" because we didn't win anything since I don't know when - certainly since I am here".

Twelve months ago, there was a feeling that Slaven Bilic had a big task to try and turn around lost momentum and the season turned into a David Moyes fix job set to a backdrop of fan disgruntlement and in-fighting, West Ham finishing 13th.

"It is hard for us and the other teams too".

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A summer splurge upwards of £170 million has thrust Liverpool into the spotlight with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho predictably among those suggesting that they "must" win trophies this season following such lavish spending. Already, there is a belief in some circles - although not now on Merseyside - that Klopp is more of a bridesmaid manager than one who consistently delivers titles. "We know that and we have to be ready week-in, week-out for all the challenges". Firstly, our own expectations are always the highest you can imagine - why wouldn't they be?

Klopp's strength in depth has been greatly elevated, even without having a full roster to select from yet. I can see them and I can read the line-up and see then who is on the bench. Adam Lallana didn't come on and is getting better and better and better. I am pretty open when I speak about this.

"We want to be, it has been clear for ages, champion of England and winning the league but how can we say that?" It was hardly what you would expect overall from a £36million signing.

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