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Alisson, Keita handed first Liverpool starts

12 August 2018, 10:24 | Myron Mathis

Man Utd missed out on the chance to sign Xherdan Shaqiri

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Jurgen Klopp was pleased with Liverpool's convincing start to the season, but warned there will be much tougher tests ahead.

The Reds come into the game after a solid pre-season and manager Jurgen Klopp will be hopeful that his charges are able to translate that form into the game against Manuel Pellegrini's side at home and lead Liverpool to their 500th Premier League win.

Mane, who has now scored in each of his last three Premier League openers, and Salah, the league's Golden Boot victor last season with 32 goals, sealed Liverpool's victory in their first competitive game since they lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid in March. Now it is important to be very good again and to achieve that last thing. Their squad looks much stronger than last season and they have a new-found belief that they are genuine contenders.

Liverpool may have invested £170 million ($217m) in fresh faces but that only gives them a one-year window for Premier League title success, says Jamie Carragher, with further transfer sprees unlikely. Their run in European was coupled with them being the only team to beat the Premier League champions, Manchester City on three occasions.

He scored in the 4-1 win over West Ham at Anfield last season and is a good bet to repeat the feat.

With the new season beginning, you definitely won't want to miss the Sunday match of the week.

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Man Utd missed out on Xherdan Shaqiri due to Jurgen Klopp

The Reds had a busy schedule over pre-season, with friendly matches against Chester, Tranmere, Bury, Blackburn, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Manchester United, Napoli and Torino all contested.

Salah and Mane's pain at worldwide level was Liverpool's gain as early exits at the World Cup with Egypt and Senegal meant they could join the club's pre-season tour of the United States, unlike a host of Premier League stars who returned to training just last week after their exertions in Russian Federation. "Expectation - ours is the highest, but that changes nothing". 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.

"We are Liverpool; there is no one on this planet that expects more of us than we expect of ourselves". For us it was not ideal, but really good.

"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". He admitted: "It was a tough before the game, during the game and after the game!" Let me say it like this, previous year he already had a few problems with that but he could obviously play - and played really good.

"They were the better side in the first half and we think we were better in the second half". "I think it's the year of Liverpool, Alisson and Firmino!" tweeted the Brazilian great. After that, a clear goal offside decided the game with the third goal.




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