"We know about our expectations and we know there is a really positive atmosphere around us in the pre-season - that is good".
"We can not be anything different than the challenger because we haven't won anything since I came in".
"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude". That's what we spoke about and what we expect from ourselves. "I'm pleased absolutely but that's what we expected".
When the Senegalese switched off and allowed one West Ham's players to cross into the box, Van Dijk yelled at him: "Stop the f***ing cross". The challenge now is whether they can take the extra step and secure silverware. But it was the performance against West Ham rather than the scoreline that would've encouraged manager Jurgen Klopp.
"I've spent a lot of time with him in this last month and everybody has been very nice to me and very friendly, of course, but Daniel's obviously a player with great experience and he's a very good player as well". Another season without silverware could see the end of Klopp.
West Ham have done very well in the transfer market this year, acquiring some quality signings well as Premier League winning manager Pellegrini.
"You can not test it until you have the test". The only problem was, Mane was clearly offside, and by the looks of the footage, the linesman had a pretty good view of the incident.
There was little tinkering for Klopp to do up front after Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino combined for 91 goals last season, and they again provided the firepower to outclass a sorry West Ham despite their own near £100 million outlay on nine new players.
Also note that, despite being in charge of Man City at the time, Pellegrini lost four of his six matches against Liverpool so they're a side he's struggled against.
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"We knew we played against one of the best teams in the Premier League".
Klopp is yet to win any silverware at Liverpool despite reaching the finals of the 2016 League Cup and Europa League and last season's Champions League, believes Liverpool need some good fortune.
"We know the expectations; we have expectations as well", said Klopp.
Liverpool's midfield provided the foundation to both scorch and stifle with Gini Wijnaldum controlling well at the base, while Milner was core to every facet of play and Keita exposed spaces the visitors knew nothing about until he weaved through them.
An emphatic 4-0 victory was the ideal way to begin that quest for glory.
"The second part, what those outside of our club think, I really could not care 0.1 per cent about because it's not important".
"In the first half, we had at least two or three clear chances to draw 1-1".
The four goals today mean that the reds have scored four in each of the last four games against West Ham.