Sadio the Mane man, Keita worth the wait and 2 more talking points as heavy metal tour kicks off at Anfield
Mirror's Jon Livesey, Martin Domin, Jake Polden, Conor Mummery deliver you post-West Ham talking points as Hammers are beaten 4-0.
1. Liverpool lay down a marker
"There was serious pressure on Liverpool's shoulders going into their opening Premier League fixture of the season, after Klopp's summer splurge. It doesn't matter how many times the German repeats his side are 'plucky underdogs' or the 'Rocky' in this division, no one is buying it - perhaps not even him, deep down. And so they shouldn't. That sort of financial outlay on top of a great campaign in which they reached the final of the Champions League last season, demands results.
"On Sunday Liverpool got exactly that. A result. And one hell of a result too. Against a West Ham side that has invested heavily themselves this summer, Liverpool dominated from start to finish. So much so that new signing Alisson was barely called into action. If there is ever a season when Liverpool were really, really going to win the title then it is this one, they look the real deal."
2. Milner's like a fine wine...
"He just gets better with age, doesn't he? Now a bona fide veteran at 32, Milner is closing in on 500 Premier League appearances as he enters his 17th season in the top flight. But astonishingly, he looks every bit as sprightly as he did when he made his debut for Leeds as a 16-year-old way back in 2002.
"Against West Ham, he was everywhere, filling the box-to-box role with the energy of someone 10 years his junior. His assist for Mane's first goal - a cutback from the byline - showed his quality as well as his unwavering will to win. Boring? Don't be daft..."
3. Sadio the Mane man
"Sadio Mane became the first Liverpool player to score in their opening fixture in three consecutive seasons in the Premier League era with his first-half strike at Anfield. The Reds flew out of the traps, with the deadly trio of Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah licking their lips at West Ham's haphazard high line.
"The Senegalese flyer pointed to the name on the back of his shirt in front of the Kop after netting his first goal of the season, but he won’t have to worry about anyone forgetting his name in a hurry if he carries on this kind of form. Mane doubled his tally in the second half, (thanks largely to the absence of VAR in the Premier League, as replays showed the Reds No.10 was at least a yard offside), notching his first brace for Liverpool since the 6-1 drubbing of Watford at Anfield back in November 2016."
4. Keita worth the wait
"The plaudits will keep coming for the midfielder who shone on his debut - a year after agreeing to join from RB Leipzig. The anticipation grew at a considerable rate last season as Liverpool fans waited for a glimpse of their £52.5million man. And after an impressive pre-season, Keita did not disappoint, making his mark in the opening minutes.
"Busy in midfield and more than content to burst forward, he was involved in the opening goal, playing the ball out to Andrew Robertson who crossed for Salah to finish. Any lingering thoughts that Liverpool should have made more effort to sign Nabil Fekir from Lyon as well have surely been put to bed after this afternoon."