Liverpool have improved but need to be more clinical, Klopp says

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Not our words, reader, but the words of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp in his programme notes ahead of his side's Premier League opener against West Ham United this afternoon.

Never before have the Reds been so well-equipped following a summer that saw Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson arrive for £170m. Another season without silverware could see the end of Klopp.

Liverpool was the only team unbeaten at home last season.

However, if the new players failed to bed down quickly, and the Reds struggled to stay in the top four, then the halo above Klopp could quickly start to fade. For the first time in many years, Liverpool is the bookies favourite to win their first Premier League after its inception in 1992.

"West Ham will play a good season but they are not the (Manchester) Uniteds or (Manchester) Citys".

"Normally when you bring in so many players you need a period of adjustment, but football does not allow you to have that period" started the new Irons boss. I know that Salah was (thought) a good deal for Roma, but now people say it is a good deal for Liverpool.

"We have to invest more, we have to fight more, we have to create more".

Liverpool should and quite simply have to make a fast start against West Ham.

Alisson did not have that much to do as a result of Liverpool's dominating possession which can be partly credited to Naby Keita.

A lot of West Ham fans are feeling optimistic about this season and after appointing a world class manager and spending £100m, it is hard to not be excited. And when you consider, as it has been for other clubs also, the build-up has been disrupted by players coming back at different times, it is even more impressive.

It's been a really nice welcome and I obviously liked to come back to England and a club with a huge history, like West Ham.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have not conceded a goal in their last six home games in the league - since West Ham scored against them in February.

After a long summer recovering from defeat in the Champions League final with nine pre-season friendlies, the Reds are back in competitive action at Anfield.

"We know the expectations; we have expectations as well", said Klopp. We need to improve everything. Alberto Moreno, I have no explanation why he's not in the squad - he had a fantastic pre-season, he got better and better and better but we have to make these decisions.

I think it'll be a 2-1 loss, which wouldn't be too disheartening, providing we follow it up with a win against Bournemouth next week.