Player Ratings: Liverpool vs West Ham - August 12th 2018

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 12, 2018

The Reds underlined their Premier League title credentials with a comprehensive 4-0 defeat of West Ham in their first game at Anfield. An imperial armoury that creates air for the expectation to achieve great things this season.

"We can not ignore that when trying to redefine Klopp as some kind of chequebook manager, or Liverpool's American owners as Roman Abramovich-style benefactors".

And given that Mourinho is winning few friends, with both his demeanour and style of football, Man United could run out of patience with the 55-year-old, who rarely stays longer than three seasons at any club.

Alisson hopes he can prove to be a value-for-money purchase at Liverpool - just like superstar forward Mohamed Salah.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude". We all know West Ham have a lot of quality, individual quality. We can not be anything different than the challenge because we didn't win anything for a long time.

MOTM: Wonderful performances from Milner and Robertson, but because it was his debut Naby Keita edges it for us. That's what we spoke about and what we expect from ourselves. You can not create that situation, that's what I mean when I said you can not test the test before you have the test. 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. Expectation - ours is the highest, but that changes nothing.

However, the strength of his squad means that they are seem to be well placed to stake a good challenge for the biggest prizes this season. "Not just for the league title, but for a pre-season where so many pundits and supporters believe they can win it", wrote former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher in The Telegraph. However, that is what Liverpool will be tasked with this season.

Yes [I can see it] because I am not blind!

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. We did it this year because we felt it was the right moment to do so, that's all!

Bring the likes of Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into the equation as well and you get the full picture. You need to have the right personality for that very hard job. I am pretty open when I speak about this.

Fabinho was a brilliant spot-kick taker for Monaco but fluffed his lines from 12 yards against Torino on Tuesday night, so Mane could be top of the pecking order again on Sunday. I don't like telling players you are not in or whatever, especially when they give it all in the training sessions, but it is a completely normal part of the business. "But my goodness he's got an assist, he's got a goal, set players".

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