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Another mid-table finish is probably the ceiling West Ham can expect this season, but a Europa League qualifying spot could be possible if they get on a hot start.

Liverpool underlined their title credentials with an impressive dismissal of West Ham but watched City match their three points just a little later.

City have now lost only one away game in the league - at Liverpool - of their last 21, and manager Pep Guardiola was delighted with them.

"We played as good as possible today and we extended a really good pre-season into the Premier League", Klopp said.

Yaya Toure will not be offered a deal by West Ham, with Manuel Pellegrini considering his squad to be "complete" without bringing the former Barcelona and Manchester City star on board.

At last, following a summer filled with worldwide football, the Premier League is finally back. If I can't go to you I can't close down and effect the ball, If I come to here and you can play around me you're in no man's land.

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"He can give us very good build up from outside".

Salah started where he left off from an incredible 44-goal debut campaign at Anfield by opening the scoring before Mane struck twice and Daniel Sturridge added a late fourth.

In a season that started so brightly with Dortmund picking up five wins on the bounce and their new signing receiving plenty of plaudits for his attacking flair in the final third, an Achilles injury and managerial issues behind the scenes soon struck.

While they exceeded expectations last season - particularly in the Champions League - there were clear areas that needed improvement, particularly in midfield and in goal.

West Ham offered little as the hosts dominated, but Klopp was reluctant to decribe the performance as flawless. I was part of that side under Kenny, which won the championship back in 1990.

"We are just starting the season".

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Seconds after coming on Sturridge was in the right place at the back post to knock in a Milner corner with his first touch of the game. We defended as a team, compact, and tried to win every battle.

"He can play different positions of course, but I think No. 8 is his best in the moment, so that's all cool".

"After we lost that game we continue exactly the same, try to play as well as we can, try to play win as many points as we can".

Goalkeeper Alisson Becker was rarely threatened on his competitive debut for the club following his transfer from AS Roma in July.

The former Manchester City manager said: "It was a tough game before the game, during the game and after the game".

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