Paul Merson delivers verdict on Liverpool's transfer business, points out Achilles heel

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Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri all made their home debuts, while captain Jordan Henderson appeared for the first time since returning from the World Cup.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has hailed Chelsea's ability to bounce back from poor seasons and then challenge for the Premier League during the next campaign.

Klopp is acutely aware of this, it turns out, and has responded brilliantly in an interview with the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce.

"Liverpool will give the title a go, they're the second best now, I think they've bought very well, very well", Merson told Sky Sports.

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City have been quiet in the transfer market, adding just Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, but their attacking potency and ability to dominate possession should be even stronger with the addition of the talented Algerian. We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We want to get the most out of it and try and reach the highest level and all that stuff.

Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum and Daniel Sturridge all got on the scoresheet ahead of the Reds' Premier League opener with West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

Some last-ditch defending prevented Liverpool from regaining their two-goal cushion on the stroke of half time, with Sirigu thwarting Wijnaldum after the midfielder had made another run beyond the Liverpool attack, and Alex Berenguer cleared Alexander-Arnold's follow-up off the line.

West Ham have only recorded one win at Anfield in their last 45 top-flight visits (D12, L32), a 3-0 victory in August 2015.

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Mane can become the first Liverpool player to score in three consecutive opening top-flight matches since John Barnes between 1989 and 1991.

There is no denying what Fekir would bring to Liverpool; a sense of creativity behind their phenomenal front three - a creativity which has been lacking since Phillippe Coutinho's departure to Barcelona last season - and the firepower needed to win trophies.

The Hammers have lost their season-opening Premier League game on 11 occasions, more than any other side.

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