Liverpool vs West Ham, Premier League 2018-19

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All eyes will be on new boys Alisson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keïta while Fabinho is one that fans have anxious about as far as his fitness is concerned after he was pictured driving out of Melwood with a club doctor.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has announced that his centre-half Dejan Lovren will miss out on the Reds season opener against West Ham on Sunday after his late return to Merseyside following a post-World Cup final break.

"Make the best of it".

"There would always be a point where we spent a bit more money".

Klopp however pointed out that there could be further departures from Anfield, with the transfer window still open for major leagues in Spain, France, Italy and Germany.

"We are the ones who have to do more, fight more, and that must be our attitude".

"We have to be more consistent, we know that".

Alisson, Keita and Fabinho are expected to go straight into Liverpool's first-team, while Shaqiri offers an experienced alternative to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in attack. "But it is clear things will happen", he said.

"I know a lot of people because we were that active in the transfer window".

Joe Gomez looks the most likely to be ready to play alongside Van Dijk, although he too isn't 100% fit and he missed the recent game with Torino.

"But how could we say that, what about the other clubs? That's the plan - that we really go for it".

"We are still Rocky Balboa, not Ivan Drago", said Klopp.

"Top six, top four is the aim, as high as we can".

Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League last season, knocking out City on the way, but they were 25 points off the record-breaking pace set by Pep Guardiola's side domestically.

"The league is exactly the same". Step by step, we have come closer. We have to be more clinical in the right moments, more aggressive in the right moments. The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker.



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