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"We know about our expectations and we obviously realize the very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season". Later today, we face West Ham who could give us problems as they will be looking for something to prove after a lacklustre season last time out.

"Somebody told me we were the unluckiest team. Liverpool played well, but I don't think the difference was four goals". "We have to invest more, fight more", he added.

West Ham offered little as the hosts dominated, but Klopp was reluctant to decribe the performance as flawless.

Liverpool have also done very well in the transfer window this year.

The Egyptian took his goal comfortably after cleverly finding space in the West Ham box.

Klopp is yet to win any silverware at Liverpool despite reaching the finals of the 2016 League Cup and Europa League and last season's Champions League, believes Liverpool need some good fortune.

Two monumental errors by Loris Karius forced the club to bite the bullet and spend big for a top-class goalkeeper. Another season without silverware could see the end of Klopp.

In Naby Keita, one of three players signed for over £50 million, Liverpool appear to have found both a fitting incumbent for Steven Gerrard's no. 8 shirt as well as an overdue successor to the midfield role vacated by Javier Mascherano exactly eight years ago this month.

It has been another summer of transition for the Merseysiders following the disappointment of losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid earlier in the year, with the German overseeing a £177m spending spree.

There is no denying what Fekir would bring to Liverpool; a sense of creativity behind their phenomenal front three - a creativity which has been lacking since Phillippe Coutinho's departure to Barcelona last season - and the firepower needed to win trophies. What are your prospects for this season?

"New players have integrated well, the young players have stepped up, and the existing players have shown they are focused on making sure the next step is a forward stride".

'It's a similar style of play and a similar position to what he did at Leipzig.

Given Manchester City's dominance in 2017-18, Liverpool's bosses would probably accept a runners-up finish, especially if it saw the club contending for much of the season. For us it was not ideal, but really good.

"For that it was a clear start, it was good". And within minutes they were made to pay for their wastefulness as Mane fired home his second after Firmino had created the opening.

The win over West Ham was Liverpool's 27th in the league, more than they have against any other team, while West Ham have only won once at Anfield in 46 league games.

"We can not be anything different than the challenger because we haven't won anything since I came in".

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