Team of the Week: Liverpool’s Sadio Mane phenomenal in West Ham victory

Mae Harvey
August 17, 2018

The Reds thrashed West Ham 4-0 to give themselves a positive start to a campaign that they hope will see them push Manchester City close or even end their 28 year league drought.

That is some line-up of talent and while you would generally expect to have to play very well to win any Premier League game 4-0, Liverpool strolled to victory on a day when I felt they were well below their best.

Pellegrini first moved to rule out an imminent move for Yaya Toure and insisted his West Ham squad is complete.

The pace in attack was frightening as the fearsome front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane picked up where they left off last season, leaving defenders tripping over themselves as they hurriedly retreated.

All of the confidence that I had built up during pre-season was slowly fading to uncertainty but when the Mighty Reds stepped out on the Anfield pitch, that uncertainty was long gone and I was ready for a Liverpool onslaught, which Klopp's Reds didn't fail to deliver. "We'll get together and we'll gel", Antonio told West Ham's official site.

Last season's Golden Boot victor Mo Salah - [5.1] to win the prize again this year - set them on their way in the 18th minute before Sadio Mane added a third and second either side of the break. This season is about finally winning something, and the Reds are off to a dream start.

"I think that Eden in this moment can not play for 90 minutes".

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. In his position at the moment we have very good players.

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

So I felt the West Ham midfield for the majority of the game, never mind the first 45 minutes were in no man's land.

"Always you see things in preseason [against] different opponents and in different moments, but now the Premier League is a proper fight and immediately today that's the biggest change and then you hope as a manager that your team is ready for that, because you can not test it before you have the test".

"The first game won't change our mind", he said. The player is now in the final year of his contract and could still leave Anfield next summer but for the time being at least, it now appears as if one of the most talented strikers in recent Premier League history still has a part to play.

Fabinho was denied his competitive Liverpool debut as he remained an unused substituted, while James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum joined Keita in the middle, both boasting impressive form.

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