West Ham Utd: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Noble, Wilshere, Rice (Snodgrass 46), Antonio, Anderson (Hernandez 62), Arnautovic (Yarmolenko 67).
Naby Keita and Fabinho, it is hoped, will elevate Klopp's midfield to that of Manchester City. But as the new Premier League season has begun, there is a chance that both the Liverpool and Manchester United managers will be frowning by their end of their respective campaigns.
Klopp has overseen three Premier League openers during his tenure and his charges have beaten the opposition keeper 11 times in those. "Dejan had a few problems previous year", he said, "but he could play, and he played really good".
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This time, they have a Premier League victor at the helm in the classy Manuel Pellegrini and a squad improved by the signings of exciting Brazilian Felipe Anderson (club record buy), defender Issa Diop, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, forward Andriy Yarmolenko and free signings Jack Wilshire and Ryan Fredericks.
Danny Murphy has praised Liverpool FC for completing their summer transfer business early this summer. Always you see things in pre-season [against] different opponents and in different moments, but now the Premier League is a proper fight and immediately today that's the biggest change and then you hope as a manager that your team is ready for that, because you can not test it before you have the test.
West Ham should have reduced the arrears shortly after the break.
Speaking of the defensive situation ahead of the game, the Liverpool manager said in his pre-match press conference, "Dejan will not be available for the weekend, that's how it is".
Liverpool, meanwhile, kicked-off their Premier League campaign with a victory, securing all three points by comfortably beating West Ham 4-0. Few positions in football are as demanding as being a central midfielder under Jurgen Klopp, asked to press and chase relentlessly, and finding a player with the engine to do that, as well as being technical and fast-thinking, is almost impossible.
Manuel Pellegrini's men could feel aggrieved by the third goal, which should have been ruled offside, but they were also fortunate to exit Merseyside without a more ballooned scoreline.
Roberto Firmino found Mane in an offside position and the forward scored, but it should have been ruled out when it was allowed to stand. It's obviously far too early to tell but the signs are that Salah may just be as risky as he was last season.
There are more hard things to accept in life [but] it's August and September and then we start playing three games in a week and then we don't have that problem any more pretty quickly.
Of their potential to combine this season, Keita added: "It's like with all players, you develop a good understanding on the pitch and I've certainly done that with Dan".
"I think Liverpool played better than us".
West Ham's race, for the day at least, was clearly run.