Manuel Pellegrini lamented West Ham’s loss of concentration in first-half stoppage time that made the difficult task they were facing an impossible one.
The new West Ham manager had seen some positive signs from his side after they had conceded a goal to Mohamed Salah and had three opportunities to equalise, the best of which came from Declan Rice’s thumping header.
However, when Sadio Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead just before the interval, Pellegrini felt there would be no way back for his new-look side and so it proved as Liverpool won 4-0, registering their biggest opening day win at Anfield since 1932.
‘When you bring so many players it is difficult to adapt,’ said Pellegrini. ‘We are just starting the season. We need to continue working hard and analyse the game.
‘We knew we were playing against one of the best teams of the Premier League, who reached the final of the Champions League.
‘We knew it was going to be difficult. Liverpool deserved to win but I think in football two or three goals decide the game. In the first half we have two or three clear chances, we concede the second goal in the last minute.
‘After that, the third goal is a clear goal offside. I am not saying that is the reason we lost. If you want to do the judgment about the score, yes it is difficult. We didn’t create too many chances in the second half but we will improve.’