Alisson set for debut against West Ham United

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"The champions are Manchester City, they did not lose any players and brought in Riyad Mahrez, that does not make them weaker, we saw the Chelsea game and saw and they were impressive", he said.

The central defensive area is a bit of an issue for Klopp and Liverpool.

As a matter of fact, the most successful club in English Football, Liverpool have somehow failed to impress in the modern era as the Anfield club are yet to carve their name on the lucrative Premier League trophy.

The "Fab 3" took Europe by a storm last season as they together produced 91 goals.

The Guinea global, who was signed from RB Leipzig a year ago in a deal which delayed his arrival until this summer, slotted in seamlessly and played a key role not only in the opening goal but in most of Liverpool's attacking invention.

But this season may be the season of change at the Red half of Merseyside. Meanwhile, their domestic cup performances were well below par and they must improve this season.

"We are still very much an "insurgency" - we are a club that has built season-on-season, we have shown a commitment to the development of our players and a commitment to coaching and training". However, these days it is rare that a Premier League team defends their title, a fact which will give the chasing pack a lot of hope.

Liverpool's new boys add to an already exiting squad.

The mesh of explosiveness and steel was one of the most encouraging elements from Klopp's side, which they will have to continuously implement - especially in more challenging fixtures. The Premier League is arguably the toughest league in the world though but there will be few excuses for not challenging for the title.

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And Barca were keen to cash in on the 23-year-old, who cost just 11.8 million euros seven months ago. Andre Gomes , Barcelona's Portuguese central midfielder, has been loaned to Everton .

When they took the fight to Manchester's last reigning champions a decade ago, Liverpool ultimately could not last the distance as discourse raged between the dugout, the stands and a boardroom beset by warring factions in erstwhile owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

He will certainly have more hard games than this, but this was an encouraging start for the 23-year-old. However, that is what Liverpool will be tasked with this season.

That would mean that Klopp will be smiling more than Mourinho by next May, with the latter departing Old Trafford after another season of only moderate success.

Liverpool went in to cruise control for the majority of the second half, with Alisson not having a significant test to prove his £65 million price tag in the whole game as West Ham's attacking additions of Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere were nowhere to be seen.

If Liverpool want to continue to operate as one of Europe's elite teams, they'll have to get used to the weight of expectation.

The £67m Alisson - briefly, incredibly, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world - is billed as the long-term solution to an enduring Liverpool problem.

However, with his current deal tying him to Liverpool until 2022, and the Reds boss receiving significant financial backing during the recently closed transfer window, it seems Klopp plans to remain with the north west outfit for the long haul.

This season Liverpool need to do well in the FA Cup. In that time he can train but not the full programme.

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