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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: 'We played better than I expected'

Klopp: 'We played better than I expected'
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Jurgen Klopp is delighted with the performance produced by Liverpool to brush aside West Ham United, reserving particular praise for James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the performance produced by his Liverpool side in their 4-0 win over West Ham United was 'better than he could have expected'.

A couple of Sadio Mane strikes, either side of goals for Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge, saw the Reds cruise to all three points in their opening Premier League match.

On the back of an impressive pre-season campaign that included four successive wins, Liverpool boss Klopp was particularly pleased to see James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum hit the ground running when the real business got underway.

"We played as good as possible today and we extended a really good pre-season into the Premier League," he told BBC Sport. "It was good, not surprisingly good, but it was better than I could have expected because I saw a lot of pre-season hope on the pitch.

"The performance of all the boys and the midfield of James and Georginio was outstanding. It's only the middle of August and then in September the games will come.

"The future of football will be rotation. We need to be ready and have that quality. I told the boys one or two could be disappointed but that will change, if they make the best of their time."

Liverpool are only the second side in Premier League history to score four or more goals in four consecutive games against a single opponent, after Tottenham Hotspur vs. Stoke City.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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