Naby Keita starts for Liverpool in Premier League opener vs West Ham

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Sadio Mane of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Manuel Pellegrini could not have asked for a more hard opening game as he took charge of the London side in his first game as their manager.

Naby Keita's debut impressed Jurgen Klopp.

But after reaching the Champions League final in May and spending more than anyone else in the Premier League in the off-season, there is palpable belief that wait will come to an end in May.

Despite having played in Istanbul in the Europa League on Thursday, Burnley looked confident and moved the ball around midfield but lacked a cutting edge in attack.

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

West Ham's best chance came in the 49th minute as Felipe Anderson flicked the ball to Michail Antonio, who volleyed it over the bar. He plays a similar style of play, and a similar position, to what he did at Leipzig.

Yet, despite the vast investment in the East Londoners, on this evidence Pellegrini will do well to better West Ham's 13th-placed finish last season as the visitors were happy to limit the damage after the break.

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The Guinea global made his long-awaited Premier League debut this afternoon after signing a pre-contract agreement last summer, and he looks one hell of a signing.

Only Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren - albeit the Croatian returning crocked - required extended breaks from their exertions in Russian Federation and so Klopp has been afforded the luxury of a full pre-season with the majority of his squad. "We know that and we have to be ready week-in, week-out for all the challenges".

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.

One Twitter user, AnfieldRd96, didn't hold back, saying "I'm in love with Naby Keïta". The pressure is cranked up now - Liverpool fans will want a trophy in order to secure more than just bragging rights.

One thing that I would say about in favour of the players is that Liverpool is a demanding place - as all the top teams are. I'm pleased, absolutely, but actually that's what we expected. We didn't win anything in the last few years, that's the truth.

Check This Is Anfield for the latest team news ahead of the match. I think Alisson is one of them.

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