It was a perfect start for Jurgen Klopp, as his Liverpool side comprehensively beat big-spending West Ham United.
The Anfield outfit swept aside West Ham with relative ease. All over the pitch, Liverpool outclassed their opponents. Reds fans will be excited by the performance their squad put in, Naby Keita in particular excelled in the middle of the park. The Guinea international drove the team forward, and was unpredictable in his runs forward, creating chaos in the West Ham back-line.
However, Liverpool’s trip to Crystal Palace on Monday night may well see some changes from the line-up against West Ham United. Selhurst Park is a ground Liverpool have historically struggled at, so Klopp will want his strongest side possible to ensure a result.
Whilst is it harsh to drop any player after such a comprehensive victory, however with Fabinho available, he is too strong to ignore as a first-team starter. Wijnaldum’s decision making and final pass is often frustrating.
Any player who signs for £43.7m is likely going to be a first-choice starter. The 24-year-old defensive midfielder would add some steel to the Liverpool midfield, against a team who may employ the creative talents of German 22-year-old Max Meyer.
Considering the young full-back has been exposed against the pace and skill of Wilfried Zaha before, it might be wise to start Nathaniel Clyne instead for Liverpool’s visit to Selhurst Park.
Although he was generally solid against the Irons, his crossing was poor. Nathaniel Clyne is more pinpoint in his crossing, and knows exactly the opposition, being an ex-Palace player. Going with more experience may be a sensible move for a tough trip to Selhurst Park.