Liverpool 4-0 West Ham United | Tactical Breakdown of Naby Keita's role

Loris Karius

Jurgen Klopp has named his first Liverpool team of the 2018/2019 season for their home game against West Ham with two new signings starting.

"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".

Liverpool FC finished the opening weekend of the Premier League season at the top of the table on goal difference.

While the German was pleased with his side's performance, he says the rest of the season will be filled with trials and tribulations. It was a tough pre-season and a good start.

"We know the expectations; we have expectations as well", said Klopp.

Naby Keita has finally completed his switch from the Bundesliga to the Premier League and he will be revolutionary for Liverpool. This is what I believe we have the ability to now overcome, and that is down to the addition of one man.

"Of course we are absolutely positive, we are not going to crush that optimism".

After a confidence-shattering performance in the Champions League final, Loris Karius is out as the number 1 in goal for Liverpool. I have never been part of that myself, as a player or manager. Similar style of play, similar positions as he had at Leipzig.

"He has a lot of help from the players around him: Sadio works really hard, same with Gini and Milly and Robbo (Andrew Robertson)". Naby is in because he is a really good footballer and from the beginning he has settled really quick.

Instead of praising Sturridge for scoring his first Liverpool goal since November 2017, Gray slated him, claiming he's not going overboard with him because he's let fans down too many times.

"Hopefully he can continue to kick on the way he has done from pre-season because he is a great option to have off the bench for Klopp".

Despite have a lengthy injury history, Wilshere has managed to make 49 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth and Arsenal over the past two seasons and new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident he can bring out the best in him. It may be argued as the season progresses as to who would we rather prefer, Keita or Coutinho.

"So it was pleasing; we can improve, we know that".

More than anything, it showcases how - in the space of a couple of seasons - Klopp has eliminated nearly all of the deadwood in the Liverpool squad and replaced it with players who can make a genuine impact for them this season.

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