Pellegrini disappointed with West Ham performance against Liverpool

John Achterberg

GETTY John Achterberg and Jurgen Klopp working on tactics together

Klopp's side have been tipped by many as the side most likely to challenge Manchester City for the crown but the Liverpool manager is not getting carried away after one result. "Yes, it's a start - ideal as well because we won the game".

It was a performance that we have come to expect week in week out with this Klopp team, being calm, collected, fast, strong and clinical.

Wilshere missed out on England World Cup squad but Pellegrini feels the 26-year-old has a skillset suited to worldwide football and believes he can use his move to West Ham as a springboard to get back into Gareth Southgate's good graces.

Salah started where he left off from an incredible 44-goal debut campaign at Anfield by opening the scoring before Mane struck twice and Daniel Sturridge added a late fourth.

"Nobody knows excatly how valuable or worthy a pre-season is".

Within minutes you could see how Keita offers a different dimension to Jurgen Klopp's midfield, maybe not the eight minutes that an overexcited Jamie Redknapp claimed, but definitely by the half hour mark.

He developed an instant understanding with Uruguayan superstar Luis Suarez and with fellow England global Raheem Sterling also breaking into the first team at the time, then manager Brendan Rodgers had one of the most potent attacking forces in the Premier League at his disposal. You can not test before you have the test.

West Ham were a mess, make no mistake about it. Manuel Pellegrini's new signings, and drastically different playing style, will take a while to gel and they were badly exposed at Anfield.

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This isn't necessarily the flawless fit for the electric pace of Liverpool's front three. Klopp is famous for employing a high-pressing system when out of possession, which requires all the players on the pitch to be relentless in their pursuit of the ball during transitions and helps make sure that Liverpool are hard to hit on the counter-attack. The desire to play every game appears to have been shelved which can only help the career of a player who has so often flattered to deceive because of a series of injuries. "He can keep the ball and give us".

"I must be clear, we need to improve and need to play better". It was Liverpool's biggest opening-day win since the 6-1 defeat of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in 1994.

"We are not happy, we don't want to lose 4-0, but we are sure we are in the correct way and will continue working".

"But I think a couple of balls decided the score".

"In the first half we needed less respect for City and then more aggressive pressing", he said.

"Alisson played a fantastic game, being really concentrated".

"I am not complaining".

Two-goal hero Mane told Liverpoolfc.com that the Reds had picked up the season where they left off their pre-season form, which bodes well for the games ahead. Unused subs: Karius, Clyne, Fabinho, Lallana.

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