Liverpool thrash big-spending West Ham

Arnold Nichols
August 14, 2018

Although Keita has only made one competitive appearance for Liverpool since his £54m move from RB Leipzig, The Sportsman reports that the odds on him winning the 2018-19 Premier League PFA Player of the Year title have been slashed from 20-1 to 12-1. The future of football will be rotation. "He's top quality. He is a ball victor with great drive and fantastic ability".

But following a £170m spending spree, Van Dijk said: "We know that right now we have a great squad".

Not only did the weekend's last game see 2017/18's record breakers Manchester City start their campaign, but it marked a defining moment in Arsenal's history as they began their season without Arsene Wenger at the helm for the first time since 1996. Chances at both ends continued to be wasted, leaving the game goalless at full time.

A €60 million signing from RB Leipzig, Keita was awarded way too much space by the Hammers and the Guinea global took full advantage, often making marauding runs into the heart of the opposition defence.

Their best one followed a lucky bounce off the referee but Marko Arnautovic miscued his shot. James Milner collected Robertson's deep cross and cut it back to the unmarked Mane who turned the ball home.

Keita played a starring role as Liverpool thrashed West Ham 4-0 at Anfield yesterday, first playing in central midfield before later moving into a more forward position.

The win over West Ham was Liverpool's 27th in the league, more than they have against any other team, while West Ham have only won once at Anfield in 46 league games.

Burnley's Ben Mee attempts an overhead kick against Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday.

But it was two of the Reds' established heroes who sealed the three points, Salah prodding home Andy Robertson's 19th-minute cross before Mane netted twice from inside the box either side of half-time.

Liverpool, though, were comfortable without ever needing to hit top gear and certainly look like the title challengers most consider them to be.

Mark Hughes's side looked the more likely to score after the break but England worldwide Hart, who joined Burnley last week from Manchester City, produced some fine saves. "That is what Liverpool made me feel", the goalkeeper revealed.

But a draw was a fair result, as Hart acknowledged.

"Naby is in (the team) because he's a really good footballer".

"After six weeks in I don't make the difference between a new player and another player because for me, it is of similar importance to Millie [James Milner] and Gini [Georginio Wijnaldum] are ready to make the next step in their development as well".

His opposite number McCarthy agreed.

"Second half we got better". I shall break it down in the form of snippets below with the aid of animations to back my points.

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