West Ham's Manuel Pellegrini faces juggling act to keep players happy

Then he felt ill so we sent him home again and I haven't seen him again.

"Why should we do that?" I am always aiming as high as I can and if we can put West Ham in the Champions League why not?

Joel Matip hasn't played a part in recent pre-season games after picking up a thigh problem against Borussia Dortmund, but Klopp says he'll be assessed ahead of the West Ham game.

Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League last season, knocking out City on the way, but they were 25 points off the record-breaking pace set by Pep Guardiola's side domestically. We went to finals.

"We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago, we are the ones who have to do more and fight more, that must be our attitude". We did not reach anything so far.

"Somebody told me we were the unluckiest team".

Liverpool experienced a busy transfer market with Jurgen Klopp welcoming four fresh faces to Anfield in the form of Alisson, Keita, Fabinho and Shaqiri. At the end, I'm pretty sure we have a fantastic football team on the pitch and hopefully I have to make a few decisions. What about United? What about the other clubs?

Signed as an outcast from Arsenal's squad, Lucas Perez has endured a hard time in the Premier League since his arrival two seasons ago and made just a handful of appearances in his maiden campaign, then returning to Deportivo last season.

"We don't have any special plans just for him because it would be easier if Liverpool were just Mo Salah, but they aren't". We can improve everything. Step by step, we have come closer. We know that. We have to be more clinical in the right moments, we have to be more aggressive in the right moments.

"So we have two players in each position, they must be working in a competitive way and after that it is my duty for every game to choose the starting XI that I think is best". The champions are Manchester City; they didn't lose any player and they brought in Mahrez, so that doesn't make them weaker.

  • Stacy Allen