LIVERPOOL, England – Liverpool FC kicked off its 2018/2019 Premier League campaign in an auspicious fashion, crushing West Ham United FC 4-0 at the Anfield stadium.
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah opened his account for the new season only 19 minutes into the game, notching his 20th goal in as many Premier League home matches.
The 2017-18 Premier League top scorer made the most of a low cross from Andrew Robertson, putting the ball home with a right-foot close-range touch.
Then, Senegal’s Sadio Mane scored a brace, with the first of them coming seconds before the intermission in a carbon copy of Salah’s goal, but this time he was assisted by James Milner.
Eight minutes after the break, he struck again, prevailing over Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski in a one-on-one situation.
Substitute Daniel Sturridge scored the fourth goal in the 88th minute, just seconds after taking the field.
Thus, the Jürgen Klopp side sits on top of the Premier League table with three points, pending the Arsenal-Manchester City clash, while the Hummers fell to the bottom.
The German coach’s lineup included two of his new acquisitions: Brazil keeper Alisson Becker and Guinean midfielder Naby Keita, while Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri and Brazilian player Fabinho started on the bench.
In other Premier League action on Sunday, Southampton FC played to a 0-0 draw with visitor Burnley FC.