His performances during his first season attracted the attention of Klopp, with Liverpool stumping up the cash to sign him and wait a year for his arrival. The Hammers were out-worked and overpowered by Keita, Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, who were stronger, faster and sharper, while a relatively new-look backline was chaotic and disorganised when Liverpool applied pressure.
Despite being clearly offside - and with no VAR in the Premier League this season - Mane added a second when he turned and finiahed past debutant Fabianski despite being a clear yard offside.
"He's a player, as we know, who is maybe not a workaholic at the moment like Klopp would like", he said on Sky Sports, per the Daily Mail. 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.
"West Ham will play, for sure, a good season but they are not the Uniteds, the Citys". You see things in pre-season, but it's different. The German tactician has a few options in the hand for the defensive line for the opening fixture and injuries and lack of pre-season fitness means Liverpool are forced into changes.
A winning start for Manchester United but there's trouble in store
I came back on Monday so it was very hard for the legs and the stamina but we played very well. At times, he also indulges in other sports like Football.
"We can not be anything different than the challenger because we have not won anything since I've been in (charge), a long time". He delivered a typically excellent ball in to the box where none other than 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot victor Mohamed Salah was waiting to slot home and open this season's account. "Let's go for it until we have no more air or oxygen, really go for it". "We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude".
"We knew before we played that it was going to hard", Pellegrini admitted post-match.
"I feel as though we can form a really tight group, working together to support each other".
"Whether they have the capacity to catch a formidable City or not - and no matter how much opposition managers speak about Klopp having to start delivering a major trophy - it is better to be part of the conversation than on the outside listening in". Let me say it like this, a year ago he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play - and played really good. They deserved to win. "I was just happy to keep the ball out the back of the net", he said.
"In the first half, we had at least two or three clear chances to draw 1-1".
"I'm not complaining just about one offside goal because I repeat that Liverpool played well and deserved to win, but I don't think that the difference was four goals".