Liverpool vs West Ham, Premier League 2018-19

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He wanted his players to see themselves through his eyes, to amplify his voice rather than the social media criticism, and to shatter any shackles or ceilings they had placed on themselves.

He said on Sky Sports: "I couldn't be less interested in what other people say of us".

But just when it appeared Liverpool would be frustrated by just a one-goal advantage West Ham helpfully switched off on the stroke of half-time.

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With a beefed-up squad, few would bet against Klopp's side lasting the distance now, with a luxury of potential game-changers in Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana at his disposal from the substitutes' bench.

To say that Liverpool were underdogs in the competition last season would be an understatement.

Alisson conceded Jürgen Klopp making him a transfer priority was particularly flattering and he hopes a strong team spirit will bolster a bid for Premier League glory.

Ings is likely to join a number of names leaving Merseyside today, including Simon Mignolet, Lazar Markovic, Divock Origi and Pedro Chirivella - a clear out this Liverpool side has been crying out for.

Just like last season, their attacking trio were fluid and clinical putting four past a West Ham defence that simply could not cope with the speed and movement that Liverpool showed.

Two of their potent forward trio picked up where they left off last season, and you're inclined to think they might even be more deadly, given the greater support and solidity behind them.

And the Senegal global added to his tally in the 53rd minute, with an assist from Roberto Firmino to become the first Reds player to score in three consecutive opening duels since Barnes' feat between 1989-90 and 1991-92.

The Liverpool manager said: "He is not fit". He has a lot of help from the players around - Sadio works really hard and the same with Gini and Millie and Robbo in this case.

"The second part, what those outside of our club think, I really could not care 0.1 per cent about because it's not important".

"A very good start, for sure", Klopp said at his postmatch news conference.

The mesh of explosiveness and steel was one of the most encouraging elements from Klopp's side, which they will have to continuously implement - especially in more challenging fixtures. "So I am very, very, very impressed with him". The quality of Fulham's many new arrivals is clearly high, but they will of course require plenty of time to knit together and form a cogent unit.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players have to summon the spirit of Rocky Balboa if they are to close the gap to defending Premier League champions Manchester City.

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