12th August, 2018
Liverpool F.C. was in a “no nonsense” mood this afternoon as they took West Ham F.C. to the cleaners and in the process dashed past F.C. Chelsea to top the British Premiership Table after the first round of matches.
This was done courtesy of a 4-0 “hammering” of the Hammers with two goals coming from the boots of Sadio Mane, a Mohamed Salah strike and a late one from Daniel Sturridge.
New signings Alisson Becker and Naby Keita made their full debuts for the home team while Xherdan Shaqiri made a late cameo off the bench at the later stages of the game. Keita was hugely impressive at the heart of the midfield as he fitted into the Kopp’s system almost effortlessly.
Naby Keita is one player that the Liverpool fans have had to wait for over a year watch play in a Premier League game at Anfield, and at the end, it was worth the wait. The player was simply a delight to watch as he kept bursting forward to start attacking moves and snuffing out the admittedly weak West Ham attacks with so much ease.
However, it was the efforts of the usual suspects that that sealed the first three points points of the season as “Mo” Salah slotted home from Andy Robertson’s 19th-minute cross before Sadio Mane scored twice from inside the box while substitute Daniel Sturridge scored a late fourth.
Liverpool played this game very comfortably without really being seriously threatened by the hapless Hammers and fully deserved the victory and their position on the table even if only for the first week of the season.
It is on record that these two teams were two of the biggest-spending sides of the transfer window, with Liverpool splashing out close to £177million and West Ham investing about £100m, but only one of them seem to have benefited from the spending so far.
Even though we are yet in early days, West Ham’s Manager Pellegrin surely has a lot of work to do with his team if they wish to get some compensation from all the investments made by the club during the last transfer season.
West Ham will have to do much better in their next match on Saturday as they host Bournley if they do not wish to have an early relegation fight on their hands.
As for Liverpool, the real test is yet to come for sure and it does not seem to be coming next week as they play away to Crystal Palace.