MO SALAH picked up where he left off with the opener that began a Reds surge.
Sadio Mane also scored a double as Manuel Pellegrini’s re-built tam were swept aside.
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Reuters PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead in the 19th minute
But this was not just Mo of the same from the Egyptian king who plundered 44 goals last season.
For Jurgen Klopp now has an instant new star in Naby Keita.
And if the £53million midfielder continues from where he started on his Prem debut then Liverpool truly will be serious title challengers.
Keita, wearing the No 8 shirt vacated by club legend Steven Gerrard, was a bundle of energy and invention.
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Reuters Salah tapped in the first goal of the season for Liverpool
Reuters Jurgen Klopp looked particularly pleased with his team’s impressive performance
PA:Press Association Naby Keita slipped seamlessly into Liverpool’s team for his Premier League debut
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Little wonder that Klopp, having secured his signature from RB Leipzig a year ago, was willing to wait so long for him.
Too often last season, especially at home where Liverpool drew seven league games, there was a lack of ideas from those playing behind the Fab Three of Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Keita, almost at a stroke, appears to have filled that void and given a whole new meaning to Klopp’s gegenpressing tactics.
In the build up to the Hammers visit, Klopp claimed his side were still like Rocky Balbao, punching above their weight.
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He might as well forget repeating that line now because his side, already, look like real contenders.
Pellegrini, after spending over £100M this summer, gave five players their debuts and this was very much a getting to know you exercise.
But Klopp, the summers £170M biggest spender, watched his team click from the start Salah tapping in his 45th Liverpool goal after 19 minutes.