Jack Wilshere Starts - West Ham Team vs Liverpool Confirmed

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The Reds, at Anfield and with some new stars in the lineup, destroyed West Ham 4-0 on Sunday to start off the league season on a ideal note.

Both of these teams came in to the game with bags of confidence off the back of impressive pre-season preparations, with both also adding several new additions to their squad over the summer.

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. Bigger tests will lie ahead for him and the Reds' defence, but this was a fine way to start a season where expectation is high. During his time as Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp has been accused of not taking the cup competitions seriously, although, in that game against West Brom, he fielded a near full strength side and still lost. Of course, these are to be cherished, but from a professional perspective we must view it as something that has concluded - but something to progress from.

"I feel as though we can form a really tight group, working together to support each other". I can address that in two parts.

Liverpool go into the season with enormous optimism on the back of being Champions League runners-up and enjoying a strong league campaign. I've always been like this.

Post-match, the German observed the shift in mood and sharpened expectancy around the place, but also underscored that the coming weeks won't be as comfortable. Therefore, saying what we think we will achieve is completely pointless. That's the only thing I want to say.

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The Red Devils would brighten their Portuguese boss' mood a few days later by defeating reigning European champions Real Madrid 2-1 in another ICC game of little importance in Miami. "We are the ones who have to do more and fight more - that must be our attitude".

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.

When the Senegalese switched off and allowed one West Ham's players to cross into the box, Van Dijk yelled at him: "Stop the f***ing cross". I'm pleased, absolutely, but actually that's what we expected.

"All of the above only works if the players have the character and desire to buy into it - ours do!"

A survey this week claimed Liverpool were last season's unluckiest team with decisions costing them 12 points but Sturridge turning home a deflected corner seconds after replacing Salah showed everything was going their way. They must embrace the expectation and eagerness for success, even though it exists in the most competitive environment - and again they do it! "We are just starting the season, but we need to analyse this game", said Pellegrini.

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