Liverpool out to set Premier League milestone as West Ham visit

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Still only young, Declan Rice was given the unenviable task of sitting in front of the West Ham defence to try and stop the expected attacking onslaught from Liverpool.

Let's be honest. Did anyone really think Mo Salah wouldn't start the season with a goal?

Many have tipped this transfer window as being one of the best in our recent history and it would be hard to disagree. A new-look West Ham, with four players making their bows and a different manager, in Manuel Pellegrini, nonetheless performed as haplessly as their predecessors.

So we have to invest more, we have to fight more, we have to create more. That's the only thing that I wanted to say: we can not be anything different from the challenger because we didn't win anything since I am in anyway, [and] it's a long time ago.

The Americans' renewed financial commitment on recruitment, following much soul-searching over sabremetrics on the back of Moneyball's success, has only intensified in recent years; evidenced by a spine which has not only broken the club's transfer record several times over in the past 12 months but also across multiple playing departments.

The buzz is good at West Ham too, compared to this time past year.

"I also stated after Coutinho's sale that the extraordinary fee presented an opportunity - for one summer at least - to outspend the rest of the Premier League".

Runaway golden boot victor from last season, Mohamed Salah, is seen by many as the Redmen's main threat, although Pellegrini is well aware that he needs to look at his opposition as a whole.

Keita made his official debut following his £48 million move from RB Leipzig in the summer and he made an immediate impact in Liverpool's central midfield. "It's brilliant. Sturridge had a fantastic pre-season, the best since I've been here, and it gives us unbelievable new options".

It's been six years since Liverpool last won a trophy but there's a feeling amongst the players and fans that that could change this season. What are your prospects for this season? He was not talking about financial investment, though West Ham had illustrated that spending is not the cure to all ills.

"In that time he can probably for sure train already, but not the full programme, so that will then take time". I start every season with the highest ambition and want the maximum. He was outstanding on and off the pitch - very positive for the team, for the club. For us it was not flawless, but really good.

On Liverpool's greater strength in depth this season... For Tottenham, Manchester United and to a lesser extent Chelsea, the results rather than performance were paramount but that's not the case for Klopp's Reds.

Of course, it is easier said than done though. They know that, we know that and we have to be ready week in, week out for all the different challenges.

"However, I'm going to go with Naby Keita".

And finally, what's your score prediction for Sunday?



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