Young boy invades pitch and gets a hug from Mo Salah

Naby Keita

Naby Keita

Keita, goalkeeper Alisson and substitute Xherdan Shaqiri made their first league appearances with Liverpool, while new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini started five of their summer signings - including former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who made his first league start in August in four years.

Midfielder Naby Keita was a bundle of energy and the star performer of the new boys that showed why Liverpool were willing to shell out £52.75m and wait a year for the Guinean after agreeing a deal with Leipzig last summer.

Liverpool confirmed they had signed Fabinho, a former French title victor, just two days after the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

"I have doubted his desire to put himself out there on the football pitch time and time again".

Guardiola started with Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane on the bench as he recalled Sterling and gave a Premier League debut to Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, whose move from Leicester was Guardiola's only major close-season signing. We're going to try to keep the same level and keep going.

"We had our chances in the first half, but we didn't score, and they were clinical with their chances". We defended as a team, compact, and tried to win every battle.

However, the winger was also eager to point out the fact that the team are still only getting used to each other and the competition for places on offer will help them push each other positively in the right direction.

It's a good time for us.

Spurs are the only top tier team not to have made a signing since the end of last season and manager Mauricio Pochettino will need a tougher test than this to assess whether fatigue will be a telling factor for his squad this term. "He's a very quick, physical player, and he's settled in quickly with the group". Everybody was happy about the job he did for us.

For Liverpool's sake, I hope he is the new Sturridge.

MOHAMED SALAH set about proving he is no one-season wonder with Liverpool's first goal as they cruised past West Ham.

Replays showed that Mane was offside - a rare referee mistake in Liverpool's favour which would ultimately make no difference to the result.

Salah's goal was a far-post tap-in after Arthur Masuaku allowed him to run beyond him to convert Andrew Robertson's cross.

The visitors had opportunities to lift the siege, and kept possession well at times under relentless pressure, but Hammers forward Marko Arnautovic dragged two decent openings wide. James Milner collected Robertson's deep cross and cut it back to the unmarked Mane who turned the ball home.

Pellegrini's attempts to turn the tide after the break by introducing Robert Snodgrass, then Javier Hernandez and Andriy Yarmolenko, were to no avail.

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