Liverpool 4-0 West Ham: Label winner Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool scores his fourth goal of the league game against West Ham to seal all three points on Sunday

The same old Liverpool, the same West Ham. When the dashing team of Jurgen Klopp flew out of the blocks of the new season with a typical display of energy, invention and speed, the West Ham proved to be an opponent that usually met. The only surprise was that Liverpool only scored four.

For the home team, this was the perfect way to start a season that is expected a lot. After Klopp's boxing analogies in the run-up to the game, his team reminded us how difficult and how often they can hit when they need it.

Sadio Mane, with two, and Mohamed Salah received the blows that mattered in Anfield and if they had not done so, the chances are that someone else has done it. At the time of death, Daniel Sturridge came to the bloody nose of West Ham with his first touch of the season.

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool scores his fourth goal of the league game against West Ham to seal all three points on Sunday

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool scores his fourth goal of the league game against West Ham to seal all three points on Sunday

Liverpool Sturridge (right) celebrates with teammate James Milner after beating West Ham 4-0 on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool Sturridge (right) celebrates with teammate James Milner after beating West Ham 4-0 on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool Sturridge (right) celebrates with teammate James Milner after beating West Ham 4-0 on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores his third goal of the game in the 53rd minute of the Premier League match against West Ham

Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores his third goal of the game in the 53rd minute of the Premier League match against West Ham

Liverpool's Sadio Mane scores his third goal of the game in the 53rd minute of the Premier League match against West Ham

Mane celebrates after scoring his second goal and the Reds' third goal of the game against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday

Mane celebrates after scoring his second goal and the Reds' third goal of the game against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday

Mane celebrates after scoring his second goal and the Reds' third goal of the game against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday

Mane celebrates with Roberto Firmino (left) and Naby Keita (right) after putting Liverpool 3-0 in the second half of the match

Mane celebrates with Roberto Firmino (left) and Naby Keita (right) after putting Liverpool 3-0 in the second half of the match

Mane celebrates with Roberto Firmino (left) and Naby Keita (right) after putting Liverpool 3-0 in the second half of the match

Liverpool were phenomenal at times and once Mane had scored his team's third goal at the beginning of the second half, they lowered their levels to something only marginally more than the pace of walking. It's a long season, after all.

The new signing Naby Keita fit without problems in the midfield of Liverpool and seems to be a player of subtlety, cunning and confidence. Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino clearly have not been bothered or discouraged by the relatively modest efforts of the World Cup, while Captain James Milner was absolutely magnificent.

In the coming weeks, however, Liverpool will have to work harder than this.

West Ham, supposedly reborn and remodeled under Manuel Pellegrini, looked desperately familiar, despite the presence of five new signings. The London club defended with a line too high, inviting Liverpool to execute their favorite offensive plays at will. Both sides of Liverpool were able to play as extremes and that almost said it all.

Liverpool's Firmino battles for the ball with Mark Noble of West Ham (right) and Declan Rice (left) during the league game

Liverpool's Firmino battles for the ball with Mark Noble of West Ham (right) and Declan Rice (left) during the league game

Liverpool's Firmino battles for the ball with Mark Noble of West Ham (right) and Declan Rice (left) during the league game

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini (left) watches from the bench during the Premier League match against Liverpool

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini (left) watches from the bench during the Premier League match against Liverpool

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini (left) watches from the bench during the Premier League match against Liverpool

Dutch Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk controls the ball during the game between the Reds and West Ham on Sunday

Dutch Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk controls the ball during the game between the Reds and West Ham on Sunday

Dutch Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk controls the ball during the game between the Reds and West Ham on Sunday

Jack Wilshere of West Ham in action with Liverpool Jordan Henderson, who came in as substitute during the second half

Jack Wilshere of West Ham in action with Liverpool Jordan Henderson, who came in as substitute during the second half

Jack Wilshere of West Ham in action with Liverpool Jordan Henderson, who came in as substitute during the second half

CORRESPONDING FACTS, TABLE OF LEAGUE AND PARTY AREA

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Becker 6: Alexander-Arnold 7.5, Van Dijk 6.5, Gomez 6.5, Robertson 7.5: Milner 8.5, Wijnaldum 7, Keita 8: Salah 8 (Sturridge 88mins), Firmino 8 (Henderson 69mins 6), Mane 8 (Shaqiri 81mins)

Subs not used: Karius (GK), Clyne, Fabinho, Lallana

Goals: Salah (19), Mane (45 + 1, 53), Sturridge (88)

Reserved: Milner

Manager: Jurgen Klopp 7

WEST HAM (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 7: Fredericks 5.5, Balbuena 5, Ogbonna 6, Masuaku 5.5: Rice 5.5 (Snodgrass 46mins 6), Noble 6: Antonio 6, Wilshere 6, Anderson 5.5 (Hernandez 62mins 6): Arnautovic 5 (Yarmolenko 67mins 6)

Subs not used: Adrian (GK), Zabaleta, Obiang, Diop

Reserved: Antonio, Balbuena

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini 5

Referee: A Taylor 5

The man of the match: James Milner

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To do well against Liverpool, here you must work with murderous harshness, concentrate and try to cut your opponents at the source. West Ham did none of these things and never looked like they thought they could get something out of the game.

Shortly after Liverpool scored third, Milner landed a straight free kick to Jack Wilshere's stomach. The former Arsenal player fell as if struck by a cannon. While disputing the loose ball, Salah hit him directly between the legs of Mark Noble. Two down nine to go. At that stage, West Ham probably knew that this was not his day.

For Liverpool, it seemed to be the case of fitting new faces into a familiar and reliable model. Here the most notable addition – with the exception perhaps of goalkeeper Alisson – was central midfielder Keita. Liverpool had waited a year for the Guinean to move from Leipzig to Germany, but clearly it has not taken him long to discover exactly how Klopp wants him to play.

Directly Keita was nimble and orderly, moving the ball forward quickly and intelligently according to the modern Liverpool creed. Liverpool was threatening from the start and when they took the lead in the 19th minute Keita was involved.

Mane of Liverpool scores their second goal of the game against West Ham during the added time of the first half of Sunday

Mane of Liverpool scores their second goal of the game against West Ham during the added time of the first half of Sunday

Mane of Liverpool scores their second goal of the game against West Ham during the added time of the first half of Sunday

Midfielder Milner provides assistance for Mane's goal just before the break during the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Midfielder Milner provides assistance for Mane's goal just before the break during the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Midfielder Milner provides assistance for Mane's goal just before the break during the clash between Liverpool and West Ham

Mane celebrates after doubling the Reds' lead just before halftime against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday afternoon

Mane celebrates after doubling the Reds' lead just before halftime against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday afternoon

Mane celebrates after doubling the Reds' lead just before halftime against West Ham at Anfield on Sunday afternoon

Mane of Liverpool celebrates with his teammate Firmino after scoring his second goal during the first half of the league game

Mane of Liverpool celebrates with his teammate Firmino after scoring his second goal during the first half of the league game

Mane of Liverpool celebrates with his teammate Firmino after scoring his second goal during the first half of the league game

Receiving the ball in the central garden of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Keita ran into space and almost immediately saw Liverpool's other side Andrew Robertson galloping to the left. For a second, or it seemed that Keita was not willing to let go of the ball, but it was simply drawing the defenders towards him. By the time he left possession to his teammate, West Ham was in all kinds of trouble and Robertson's first cross was attacked by Salah.

It was a direct goal of the vaults of last season, born of the lightening of fast play, intelligence and understanding. The only surprise from then on was that the second took so long to arrive.

From the beginning of the game, West Ham seemed uncomfortable. There were a lot of new signings on the team and a new manager on the touchline, but West Ham's vulnerability was familiar. Here, the West Ham defense was simply inviting the pressure that duly arrived.

Liverpool did not get a save from Lukasz Fabianski in that opening period, but danger was always present. Salah, Mane and Firmino were a persistent threat, while the flanks, like Milner, could move without control to play dangerous balls in the goal.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his first goal of the Premier League match against West Ham on Sunday afternoon

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his first goal of the Premier League match against West Ham on Sunday afternoon

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores his first goal of the Premier League match against West Ham on Sunday afternoon

Andrew Robertson chose Salah in the back post, who got the ball home in the 19th minute of the Anfield match

Andrew Robertson chose Salah in the back post, who got the ball home in the 19th minute of the Anfield match

Andrew Robertson chose Salah in the back post, who got the ball home in the 19th minute of the Anfield match

Salah (center) of Liverpool celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal of the game against West Ham

Salah (center) of Liverpool celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal of the game against West Ham

Salah (center) of Liverpool celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal of the game against West Ham

After the goal, Liverpool came close to scoring twice more quickly. A free kick from Alexander-Arnold was touched by Fabianski and then a cross from Firmino established Salah from the six meters just for the West Ham goalkeeper to produce a magnificent block at close range.

With half an hour approaching, West Ham was probably relieved to still be in the game. Slowly, they seemed to be gaining ground. A long pass from Angelo Ogbonna fell on the shoulders of Liverpool defender Joe Gomez and Marko Arnautovic's low shot went wide.

From that corner, Declan Rice rose unopposed to head directly to Alisson and as West Ham reflected on his first goal attempt, neutral observers may have noticed that some of Liverpool's defensive problems last year seemed to persist.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Salah (not pictured) scored his first goal against West Ham on Sunday

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Salah (not pictured) scored his first goal against West Ham on Sunday

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Salah (not pictured) scored his first goal against West Ham on Sunday

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson celebrates after Salah (not pictured) scored his first goal of his first Premier League match

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson celebrates after Salah (not pictured) scored his first goal of his first Premier League match

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson celebrates after Salah (not pictured) scored his first goal of his first Premier League match

However, it was not a period of progress that West Ham could become any kind of momentum. Two times Liverpool broke their opponents from the corners and found two against two as they ran downfield. That is always a sure sign that there is a problem with the way a team is prepared on the defensive and, of course, West Ham broke down again in the first half.

It seemed that there was little danger when the cross of Salah was blocked and even less when the later delivery of Robertson passed over all and beyond the second post. But Milner, excellent in everything, did not give up and when he somehow reached the ball the first time in the section, he turned towards Mane who passed it to the empty goal.

So at halftime the game seemed almost finished and at minute 53 it definitely was.

Salah and Firmino miss a good chance to be on the scoreboard during the first half of the game at Anfield on Sunday

Salah and Firmino miss a good chance to be on the scoreboard during the first half of the game at Anfield on Sunday

Salah and Firmino miss a good chance to be on the scoreboard during the first half of the game at Anfield on Sunday

West Ham had changed things by sending Robert Snodgrass, a forward, to Rice, a defensive-minded player, but Pellegrini's players were again spectators when Firmino had all the time in the world to pass the ball to Mane on the edge of the goal. net. criminal area.

Mane seemed to be within two feet of offside, so maybe we should allow some West Ham indulgence. But Firmino still had too much room to feed his teammate and Mane's flat shot in the 15-yard throw did not give Fabianski any chance.

After that, there was little to excite until the late contribution of Sturridge. West Ham made more changes but they looked and felt superficial. For Liverpool, Sturridge entered the fray in the 85th minute and scored with his first touch, as he was allowed to escape the attentions of Ryan Fredericks too easily to get a foot in the corner of a corner at the far post.

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