Impressive Liverpool put four past Hammers

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season

Mohamed Salah got Liverpool up and running as they comfortably dispatched West Ham in their first Premier League fixture of the new season.

The Egyptian tapped in a 19th-minute opener from Andy Robertson’s cross on his return to action for the Reds at Anfield.

New signing Naby Keita, a £50m acquisition from RB Leipzig, impressed in midfield for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

He contributed to Liverpool’s first goal and delivered the kind of driving performance that Steven Gerrard once produced wearing the number eight shirt.

It took the visitors almost half an hour to fashion a chance of note as they struggled to stem the Liverpool attacking tide.

Liverpool’s new goalkeeper Alisson, signed for £66.8m from Roma in the summer, comfortably saved a Fabian Balbuena header, one of only two efforts on target for the Hammers.

As the pressure built, the hosts doubled their advantage when Sadio Mane turned in James Milner’s cut-back after being left unmarked six yards from goal.

The Senegalese forward added his second and Liverpool’s third early in the second period. Mane appeared marginally offside as he collected Roberto Firmino’s pass, but the flag stayed down and he drilled his effort beyond new Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge rounded off the scoring in the closing stages to ensure Liverpool recorded their 500th victory in the Premier League era.

It also maintained their fine Anfield record against West Ham, who have now won just one of their past 46 top-flight visits.

Liverpool underline title credentials

Liverpool finished fourth last season, 25 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City.

However, the nature of their emphatic Champions League quarter-final victory over Pep Guardiola’s side in April, coupled with a league win over City, suggested they could challenge them this term.

Liverpool’s attacking prowess has not been in question in recent times.

The front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane contributed 91 of the club’s 135 goals last season and they were on song again as Liverpool put four goals past West Ham for the fourth time in a row.

Salah’s instinct to find the right position allowed him an easy first, while Mane’s intelligence brought him off the wing into central positions for both his goals.

Klopp compared his team to “Rocky Balboa” in the build-up to this game but the depth of his substitutes’ bench and this result may soon see them shed that tag.

The German introduced new signing Xherdan Shaqiri, England midfielder Jordan Henderson and goalscorer Sturridge from the bench but still had midfielders Adam Lallana and Fabinho in reserve.

More to follow.

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 4, West Ham United 0.

Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, West Ham United 0.

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Xherdan Shaqiri is caught offside.

Foul by Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool).

Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (West Ham United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Robertson.

Goal! Liverpool 4, West Ham United 0. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from very close range to the top right corner following a corner.

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Mohamed Salah.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fabián Balbuena.

Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool).

Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Liverpool. Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Sadio Mané.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Liverpool).

Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Attempt missed. Naby Keita (Liverpool) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Robert Snodgrass.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool).

Jack Wilshere (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Jack Wilshere (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).

Chicharito (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sadio Mané.

Offside, West Ham United. Ryan Fredericks tries a through ball, but Robert Snodgrass is caught offside.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Jack Wilshere (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).

Chicharito (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joseph Gomez (Liverpool) with an attempt from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a set piece situation.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jack Wilshere (West Ham United).

Substitution, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson replaces Roberto Firmino.

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Mohamed Salah with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Fabián Balbuena.

Substitution, West Ham United. Andriy Yarmolenko replaces Marko Arnautovic.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jack Wilshere (West Ham United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.

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