English Premier League: Things to watch in Liverpool’s 2018-19 season


They have been tipped by many as being the most likely to push Manchester City the furthest in this season's Premier League title race and Liverpool got their season off to a ideal start with a 4-0 win at home to West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool 3-0 West Ham: The Reds have an excellent home record against West Ham having lost just one of their last 45 league games against the Hammers at Anfield.

"The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in (Riyad) Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker", warned Klopp, insisting Liverpool are still the underdogs.

A summer splurge upwards of £170 million has thrust Liverpool into the spotlight with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho predictably among those suggesting that they "must" win trophies this season following such lavish spending.

A very good start, for sure. Their squad looks much stronger than last season and they have a new-found belief that they are genuine contenders.

Liverpool weren't done just yet.

The Egypt global scored 44 times in his maiden campaign, which ended in tears with his premature exit from the Champions League final because of a shoulder injury which contributed to the defeat to Real Madrid, but normal service was resumed within 19 minutes. It's only the start, and we know that, but for a start it was really good. It's a nice moment, and we can enjoy it for two, three hours, and then prepare for Crystal Palace. However, don't be surprised if you see a fair few familiar faces leave Anfield during today's antics.

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If their fortunes improve as much as the squad has then the pre-season title-challenge optimism may well be justified. It is a start - not ideal but really good.

So we have to invest more, we have to fight more, we have to create more. We can be everything we want to be.

The club has went from being the fourth best team in the English Premier League, to being pegged as second favourites to take the English title. "That's the expectations. Ours is the highest but we know that". Myself and many others believe that we perhaps missed a trick in failing to capture a class CDM and I hope that does not come back to haunt us. To win the FA Cup he'll need to figure out what has been preventing them getting to the latter stages.

"They were the better side in the first half and we think we were better in the second half".

I think it'll be a 2-1 loss, which wouldn't be too disheartening, providing we follow it up with a win against Bournemouth next week.

Manuel Pellegrini's men could feel aggrieved by the third goal, which should have been ruled offside, but they were also fortunate to exit Merseyside without a more ballooned scoreline. After six weeks in I don't make the difference between a new player and another player because for me, it is exactly similar importance that Millie and Gini are ready to make the next step in their development as well.