Liverpool 4 West Ham 0: Salah and Mane see off Hammers

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool with fans at the end of the pre season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Bilbao

Klopp is already a hit on Merseyside despite a lack of trophies Credit Getty

The Egypt forward scored 44 times in his first season at Liverpool and took only 19 minutes to get off the mark at Anfield.

The 23-year-old also attracted praise from Sadio Mane during the post-match interviews, with the Liverpool goal scorer noting: "I'm happy for him".

Mark Hughes's side looked the more likely to score after the break but England worldwide Hart, who joined Burnley last week from Manchester City, produced some fine saves.

The Estonian centre-back has fallen down the pecking order of defenders at Anfield and it seems he has been deemed as surplus to Jurgen Klopp's requirements for the 2018/19 campaign.

So often outgunned by the oil wealth of Abu Dhabi backed City or commercial giants Manchester United in recent years, Liverpool were the biggest spenders from the world's richest league this summer with a reported £170 million (US$217 million) splurge in the transfer market. "That will help us to push hard and fight to do our best". As mentioned in our build-up to the game, his pace aided Liverpool in squeezing West Ham back, limiting the Hammers to just two shots on target throughout.

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Keita, meanwhile, combined industry and incision during his 70 minutes on the left of Liverpool's midfield three.

"In the first half, we had at least two or three clear chances to draw 1-1". However, you'd expect them to be keeping hush behind the sofa after this one.

You've got to feel for Nathaniel Clyne.

With Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan unavailable, Klopp elected to partner Virgil van Dijk with Gomez at the heart of his defence.

In the 80th minute of play, a young Liverpool fan stormed across the pitch with no-one but his idol in his sights.

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"It's just one of those things".

Having suffered ridicule following his game-changing errors in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in May, he was warmly received when making an appearance off the bench at Anfield in the club's final pre-season friendly against Torino.

"He's a young player and he knows his body and I hope that he will be fit for most of the season".

West Ham couldn't live with the Reds' constant interchanging, Roberto Firmino dropping deep as Salah tucked in, Alexander-Arnold and Robertson bombing down the flanks whilst Keita and Milner shifted the ball around midfield with grace and elegance.

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