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

Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir appeared in six of France's seven games as they won the World Cup

"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". We beat Manchester City in the league and the Champions League last season so I think we can beat anyone in the world.

Here are five points of discussion from the game.

Though Klopp looks set to ease fellow new signings Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri into action, the Guinean was trusted from the start against the Hammers.

"It's good that the people are rather positive but people know as well and the season again will be unbelievably hard".

LFC fans can not wait to get this campaign underway.

The club has went from being the fourth best team in the English Premier League, to being pegged as second favourites to take the English title. The Guinean looked the part in pre-season and will be keen on making an instant impact in the Premier League.

The midfielder was a powerhouse in the centre of the pitch, bursting forward to start attacking moves and snuffing out the admittedly limited West Ham attacks easily.

As assured a Premier League debut as you are likely to see, Keita dominated the middle of the park and did not allow the West Ham midfielders to impose their game on this strong Liverpool side.

The Draw - the Merseysiders had seven of those in their 19 matches - is [6.8] while West Ham are [14.5] to spring a surprise.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers Jürgen Klopp or Manuel Pellegrini?

Liverpool's results in their two season openers under Jurgen Klopp? A 4-3 win at Arsenal and 3-3 draw at Watford!

They've also enjoyed feasting on West Ham's defence in recent games, winning this fixture 4-1 back in February and also sticking four past the Londoners in their last two trips south.

Dejan Lovren will not be involved after being the last returning player due to his World Cup Final involvement. Mane and Salah in particular have been able to tuck in and occupy the West Ham's backline allowing Liverpool's fullbacks to overlap.

On the trip to America, he scored penalties against City and United so that's another potential boost too.

West Ham for sure will play a good season but they are not United or City, that's how it is.

"They think quickly [and] they have a very good understanding between themselves so my role is to support that, help in every way I can and hopefully provide them with some good service".

Okay, the Brazilian did not score an own goal before being sent off and did at least manage 62 minutes, but such was the impact of his first-half display that he may as well have spent much of it in the dressing-room.

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