Liverpool lay down the gauntlet to Man City on opening weekend

Premier League RESULTS N'Golo Kante

It is the third day of this extended Premier League opening weekend, and the reds finally get their season underway at home.

Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast for Sky Sports, he said: 'I thought Van Dijk was a good player at Southampton, but I didn't think he was worth £75m.

Football fans collectively scratched their heads when Jamie Redknapp named the best central defender in the world. Far be it from Klopp to stand still, mind: Liverpool's net summer spend of £162.5million is more than double that of Chelsea, the next most profligate.

Sound familiar? If it doesn't then you were not paying attention last season.

City won 2-0 away to Arsenal, who were sixth last season, and the country's highest spenders Liverpool demolished West Ham United 4-0 at Anfield on Sunday. Manuel Pellegrini could not have asked for a more hard opening game as he took charge of the London side in his first game as their manager.

Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring in the 88th minute, 24 seconds after coming on for Salah. He can provide assists, he can score goals.

They are not like-for-like replacements - who on earth could imitate Coutinho? - but Liverpool's two new midfielders will be required to provide upgrades on Jordan Henderson and James Milner.

"We need to improve in attack and continue working". Good goals - maybe we should have scored a few more - a clean sheet, we kept it tight.

"If you want to compete with them you can barely drop points".

Liverpool's midfield was often said to be a problem area in the last campaign due to a lack of creativity following the departure of Philippe Coutinho, while they were also hampered at times by injuries. Unlike basically every other top side in Europe, the Liverpool board attacked the transfer market early and clinically, adding Brazilian Fabinho and Guinean Naby Keita (whom they actually signed last summer on a delayed deal) to a midfield that barely had anyone left standing at the end of last season.

"I think that Liverpool deserved to win".

After a confidence-shattering performance in the Champions League final, Loris Karius is out as the number 1 in goal for Liverpool.

So City must come back to the field and the best chance of that happening lies in what will be a concerted effort to win the Champions League by the Manchester club.

But many fans and pundits believe that it will be Liverpool pushing Pep Guardiola's side close this time around.

"Jack, in the 10 years that he played for Arsenal, he's a different player".

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