Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: 'We played better than I expected'

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The Reds underlined their Premier League title credentials with a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of West Ham in their first game at Anfield.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Jürgen Klopp or Manuel Pellegrini? It was good, we know about our expectations and we obviously realised a very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season, that's all.

"We played as good as possible today and we extended a really good pre-season into the Premier League", he told BBC Sport.

"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".

"West Ham will play, for sure, a good season but they are not the Uniteds, the Citys". They know that, we know that and we have to be ready week in, week out for all the different challenges.

Another of Liverpool's summer signings, Xherdan Shaqiri, is likely to start on the bench, with the Liverpool boss unlikely to tinker with the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who slayed defences for fun last season.

West Ham offered little as the hosts dominated, but Klopp was reluctant to decribe the performance as flawless. Naby is in because he's a really good footballer.

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The Reds had a busy schedule over pre-season, with friendly matches against Chester, Tranmere, Bury, Blackburn, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Napoli and Torino all contested. Always you see things in pre-season [against] different opponents and in different moments, but now the Premier League is a proper fight and immediately today that's the biggest change and then you hope as a manager that your team is ready for that, because you can not test it before you have the test.

Liverpool may have invested £170 million ($217m) in fresh faces but that only gives them a one-year window for Premier League title success, says Jamie Carragher, with further transfer sprees unlikely. You can not test before you have the test. The only problem was, Mane was clearly offside, and by the looks of the footage, the linesman had a pretty good view of the incident.

Captain Jordan Henderson used his programme notes to highlight that none of his team-mates were "satisfied" by reaching the Champions League final last season, which ended in a 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid, and that "standing still" was not an option.

"I think Liverpool played better than us".

"We have to try and win every game because all of them are important".

It was a comfortable win for Liverpool this evening against West Ham at Anfield, with the Reds prevailing 4-0.

"I am not complaining". 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.

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