The Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham will be broadcast live on NBCSN and online. This chemistry, carried over from last season, was invaluable because it meant the final weeks of summer training were about fine-tuning, as opposed to figuring things out wholesale like so many others.
Guardiola started with Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane on the bench as he recalled Sterling and gave a Premier League debut to Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, whose move from Leicester was Guardiola's only major close-season signing.
The Egypt forward scored 44 times in his first season at Liverpool and took only 19 minutes to get off the mark at Anfield.
Liverpool's transfer largesse this summer has made the Anfield outfit one of the hottest bets of the preseason and they were straight into their stride with a 4-0 destruction of sorry West Ham today. "We have to be ready week in week out for the challenges".
As assured a Premier League debut as you are likely to see, Keita dominated the middle of the park and did not allow the West Ham midfielders to impose their game on this strong Liverpool side.
Klopp's side dropped far too many points last season with silly draws against sides they should have been beating comfortably and picking up a solitary point in a battle against a City side that will be winning consistently is effectively a defeat. We knew it was going to be hard.
With Oxlade-Chamberlain out and Emre Can at Juventus, Keita looks like he could be just the midfielder that Klopp was looking for.
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That lead was doubled in the dying seconds of the opening stanza, with Sadio Mane having the similar task of passing into an empty net after James Milner had chased down Robertson's wayward cross. It was a tough pre-season and a good start.
"He was very unlucky in some seasons with so many injuries, but he continued being a different player", said Pellegrini.
"In the first half we needed less respect for City and then more aggressive pressing", he said.
He made the headlines this weekend for the right reasons, scoring the team's 4th goal in the opening game of their 2018/19 campaign against West Ham, with his first touch after coming off the bench late on.
"We have to be all together for the next game at home to Bournemouth".
Adam Lallana could even be a better option than Henderson for this role when Klopp wants to go all out attack.
"So it was pleasing; we can improve, we know that".