Xherdan Shaqiri outlines Liverpool ambitions ahead of debut Reds campaign

Distant Reds boss Jurgen Klopp and Loris Karius this week

"We know the expectations; we have expectations as well", said Klopp. "It's good that the people are positive, but the people know as well that this season will be unbelievably hard", he said.

"I think when Jürgen arrived here the club was totally different to what it is now", he says.

"We have to invest more, we have to fight more, we have to create more". That's what we spoke about and what we expect from ourselves. "I am sure next Saturday we will see a team that is trying to win".

Speaking of expectations, today's opponents are West Ham - but what sort of West Ham will they be? We need to be ready and have that quality.

Sadio Mane scored twice after Mohamed Salah's opener and Daniel Sturridge was also on target in Liverpool's comfortable win over West Ham.

West Ham offered little as the hosts dominated, but Klopp was reluctant to decribe the performance as ideal.

"Now it is important to be very good again and to achieve that last thing". Naby is in because he's a really good footballer.

If Liverpool do achieve some form of success this season, it's already very clear that new midfielder Naby Keita will have a huge part to play in it.

He's not wrong. Liverpool aren't the favourites and City are but it's clearly a little mind game trick to place even more expectation on his rivals and to help ensure his side can go into the season without the weight of expectation making things even more hard. 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.

New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted his team were outplayed, although he pointed out, with some justification, that Mane's second goal could have been ruled out for offside.

Replicating the 44-goal haul which heralded Salah's debut season at Anfield has not fazed the Egyptian despite an early Champions League final exit and similarly fruitless travails with his national side as they mutedly exited the World Cup group stages. We knew it was going to be hard.

Having brought in a host of exciting new signings, all the talk around the Hammers was around whether their players would have time to gel. They deserved to win. If you lose 4-0, it's not to have any excuses but I think in football, two or three balls decide the score. Although their goals owed plenty to the Hammers' terrible defending - and, in the case of Mane's second, an extraordinarily poor offside call - they looked slick, compact and risky from the first minute to the last.

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.

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