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Liverpool swat Hammers aside to kick off in style

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Manuel Pellegrini looking to hit the ground running with West Ham United

Liverpool will be aiming to win their 500th match of the Premier League era when they kick off the new season against West Ham on Sunday.

And Manuel Pellegrini's lack of tactical awareness throughout the game has come under scrutiny from former Arsenal Ladies defender Scott.

Liverpool were the transfer window's biggest spenders and Alisson Becker and Naby Keita made debuts that were irrelevant and hugely encouraging respectively, but in many ways it was as though the summer break never happened.

Jurgen Klopp's side made light work of the Hammers at Anfield to move above Chelsea at the top of the table, the latter having beaten Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Saturday.

Manchester United have won the most matches in Premier League history with 630 triumphs to their name while it is Liverpool's local rivals Everton, another ever-present, who have lost the most, getting beat 351 times.

Other fans compared the midfielder to Luka Modrić, one called him a "footballing angel", and another claimed that he was already the best player in the Premier League.

Despite changes at half time, West Ham failed to address their issues from the first half.

Pellegrini gave debuts to Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Fabian Balbuena, Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere, then introduced a sixth newcomer Andriy Yarmolenko as a substitute. I really love how the players have reacted this summer and I can not praise them enough for the way they have stayed hungry until now.

The four goals today mean that the reds have scored four in each of the last four games against West Ham.

It's the same with all teams with global players out and the first game after pre-season is always tough. "We not only have nine new players, but three or four players who were not completely fit in pre-season", he added. The pressure is cranked up now - Liverpool fans will want a trophy in order to secure more than just bragging rights.

New signings Fabinho and Naby Keita were there from the start, Xherdan Shaqiri joined up with the team on their tour of the U.S. while goalkeeper Alisson has two friendlies under his belt to settle the nerves.

"We can not be anything different than the challenger because we haven't won anything since I came in". We need to improve everything.

Klopp didn't entertain the idea of signing an alternative player, and Liverpool will go into the season without an extra creative midfielder. Scottish global Andrew Robertson is the first-choice left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno and should feature from the get-go on Sunday.

I think it'll be a 2-1 loss, which wouldn't be too disheartening, providing we follow it up with a win against Bournemouth next week.

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