Published: Sun, August 12, 2018

Liverpool vs West Ham, Premier League 2018-19

Liverpool vs West Ham, Premier League 2018-19

It's still a huge ask to close a gap of 25 points but Liverpool have strengthened intelligently and only five points separated the two sides in the second half of 2017/208.

Alisson did not have that much to do as a result of Liverpool's dominating possession which can be partly credited to Naby Keita. Liverpool had a very successful and good season past year but we didn't win a title.

LFC fans can not wait to get this campaign underway.

Klopp, meanwhile, reminded: "We are Liverpool; there is no one on this planet that expects more of us than we expect of ourselves", and on the walk to Anfield, fans fizzed as they discussed the possibilities the season could present - chiefly, the chance to erase Manchester City's designs on defending the title. The Brazilian drove forward with the ball before slipping the ball between two West Ham defenders to Mane.

The Draw - the Merseysiders had seven of those in their 19 matches - is [6.8] while West Ham are [14.5] to spring a surprise. We said it before the game again, what people say is sometimes nice, sometimes not so nice, but it is always not important. Manager Jurgen Klopp, however, continues to perceive his side as an underdog in the battle to unseat Man City, likening their challenge to Rocky Balboa attempting to topple Ivan Drago. A 4-3 win at Arsenal and 3-3 draw at Watford! After that, a clear goal offside decided the game with the third goal. Croatia's World Cup hero Dejan Lovren is set to miss the game due to lack of match fitness, while Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan are injury doubts. By halftime, they were 2-0 up courtesy of supreme build-up from Naby Keïta, who fed Andy Robertson to cross for a Mohamed Salah finish before James Milner broke West Ham's offside trap and Sadio Mané punished the rearguard's inability to react. After last season's painful and horrid ending to a fairy tale Champions League run you'd think it would be hard for them to recover from such a heartbreaking end.

On the trip to America, he scored penalties against City and United so that's another potential boost too.

And he is confident that the high level of understanding between the players will be beneficially for the Reds as they look to contest the title this season.

"They think quickly [and] they have a very good understanding between themselves so my role is to support that, help in every way I can and hopefully provide them with some good service". It was a fresh start from the first minute, everything looked like it should have been.

But there could be a decent play for West Ham. "For nine years I've lived with it, no problem".

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