Alisson set for debut against West Ham United

Tanya Simon
August 12, 2018

One player who looks destined to make his bow for the club is Fabinho's fellow countryman Alisson, who made a £65million move from Roma during the transfer window. In the league it's exactly the same. "We try to help him all the time in training, he is a great boy, but I do not talk to him every day about how he can score more than last season".

Good pre-seasons don't create excitement but they can certainly add to the positive vibe already there and wins over admittedly depleted Man City and Man Utd sides, a 5-0 thumping of Napoli and a 3-1 cruise against Torino on Tuesday, have added to the belief that Liverpool mean business. After putting on a solid performance for World Cup runners-up Croatia, Dejan Lovren is still out of the Liverpool team as he earned extended time off, providing Gomez an opportunity to start. "We have to be like Rocky".

The central defensive area is a bit of an issue for Klopp and Liverpool.

Pellegrini has the players to make an impact and the ability to expose some squad deficiencies against Liverpool, to steal some points and start this season off right. We need to improve everything.

"There are not only the big six or whatever, if you see what happens around - you see how Wolverhampton acts, how Fulham acts, how Everton acts". It is really hard, but it's not only hard for us. I don't want to forget anybody but they are all ambitious. It's hard for the other teams as well. We have to be in this championship mood. "That's the plan - that we really go for it".

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"[Expect too much and] you can only disappoint yourself and the people around us".

West Ham have done very well in the transfer market this year, acquiring some quality signings well as Premier League winning manager Pellegrini. "He wants to play good football, as good as he is able to do".

"Real Madrid have deserved to win the Champions League, nobody has ever said anything else, but do you have to have those situations with Ramos?"

"Concerning the gap with Manchester City, but we had three points from them last season and they had three points from us".

We know what Pele thinks and when Jurgen Klopp was asked about his side's chances of glory this season, he knows exactly what Liverpool need to work on.

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