Manuel Pellegrini looking to hit the ground running with West Ham United

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Liverpool made the ideal start to the new season on Sunday by smashing four past West Ham in a comfortable 4-0 win. Manuel Pellegrini could not have asked for a more hard opening game as he took charge of the London side in his first game as their manager.

Salah opened the scoring in the 19th minute after summer addition Naby Keita ran up the middle and passed to Andy Robertson on the left, drawing the West Ham defence away from the box.

But this year feels like the season Jurgen Klopp will bring back the League back to Merseyside.

"And they don't come much bigger than the Premier League title, especially when you analyse Liverpool's proud history".

"It's the same for the players - there is no target they can be set that is higher than that they set themselves".

"But it also means that if Liverpool do not go close, they may find themselves back in familiar territory in 12 months' time, behind those who usually invest more but are rebuilding going into this campaign".

"It was better than I could have expected".

West Ham has just one win in 45 appearances at Anfield with the sole victory coming in August of 2015.

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

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"We know about our expectations and we obviously realize the very positive atmosphere around us in the whole pre-season".

Their first opponents, however, are a new-look West Ham side, led by a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini and featuring nine new faces including Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.

Q. Have the demands of a goalkeeper in the Premier League changed since you were last here? "We know there is a really positive atmosphere around us", said Jurgen Klopp after they fostered more hope.

Anfield's streets acted as a battleground back then but now contain a different kind of fervour.

"We can not be anything other than "the challenger" because we didn't win anything since I don't know when - certainly since I am here".

However on the flip side, many of our new acquisitions are still unproven in the Premier League, so I think it would be a bit premature to say it has been an outstanding window.

Liverpool's marauding side will likely trouble far more experienced players than Rice this season. They deserved to win.

The Guinea worldwide, 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.

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