Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool can not be anything but the challenger

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"But a few goals, a clean sheet at home and a win is pretty much the ideal start to the season".

"It's only an English thing, where you can win the league in the transfer window".

City have now lost only one away game in the league - at Liverpool - of their last 21, and manager Pep Guardiola was delighted with them.

It is a fair comparison, although slightly high up in the boxing movie franchise's timeline in truth. "That's all", Klopp insisted after Sunday's win. How can we be something different?

"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".

"But they are not [Manchester] United, City and all the [other teams]".

"What is important is that we know what we want to be, and we want to be a challenger".

But for the time being, there seemed to be plenty in the tank for Klopp's men.

Alisson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita all made their competitive Liverpool debuts against West Ham following their summer arrivals. You look down the teamsheet and on the bench, and some of the players who are either injured or not in the squad, it's a strong, strong squad.

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

'It's a similar style of play and a similar position to what he did at Leipzig.

Worryingly for the rest of the chasing pack, this Liverpool side is not the finished product. This is a policy that Manuel Pellegrini employed when he was at Manchester City, but he was playing with better players.

Much has changed since a decade ago, not least in terms of the personnel. A languid pre-season campaign coupled with four of their 10 new signings in the starting line-up only compounded matters for the Chilean. We went to finals. "Great job from him to come in and again it's competition for places - someone has got to take that shirt off him".

Lovren sat out the West Ham game and missed a large majority of Liverpool's preseason after being granted an extended break for helping Croatia reach the World Cup final.

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. We conceded the last goal in the last second of the period so you arrive to the dressing room with another task if you lose just 1-0.

"The after that a clear offside goal decided the game and they had a lot of confidence to play at 4-0".

He initially shone in his natural midfield role-composed and ever-willing in possession, robust and hardworking off the ball-before offering another outlet out wide late on.

Milner worked under the Chilean during his time at Manchester City and, indeed, they won the Premier League title together ahead of the Reds in 2013-14. He filed this report from Liverpool's Anfield stadium.

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