In an era so obsessed with transfers that Fulham were being actively congratulated for spending north of £100 million on new players, Saturday provided a neat reminder that patience is required for newly promoted clubs. "We're going to try to keep the same level and keep going". Former Chelsea captain Wise singles out Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker for praise, along with forward Sadio Mane and defenders Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk. Gomez made 4 clearances and won 2 tackles and 4 duels.
While Alisson wasn't called into action too many times, making just two saves to Łukasz Fabiański's four, he was a reliable option at the back in that he helped relieved pressure by offering an extremely accurate pass between the lines.
And Klopp was delighted with what he saw from the new Liverpool FC signing as he produced an impressive performance against the Hammers. However, you'd expect them to be keeping hush behind the sofa after this one.
Key to Liverpool's elevated position as City's nearest challengers, despite finishing 25 points behind in fourth last season, is their £170million summer investment on four players.
Liverpool, meanwhile, did not even have to play amazingly well to look very promising.
Liverpool's next league game sees them take on Crystal Palace on August 20. They can, and probably will, get better.
And considering how much Liverpool have spent, Arsenal legend Wright believes they must win some silverware this term otherwise the season will be a failure. Manager Jurgen Klopp, however, continues to perceive his side as an underdog in the battle to unseat Man City, likening their challenge to Rocky Balboa attempting to topple Ivan Drago.
REUTERS/Andrew Yates Despite having barely been back in training for a week, 19-year-old Alexander-Arnold went straight back into the side and played a stunning ball to Keita in the build-up for Liverpool's opener as Clyne watched on from the bench. Just how Clyne feels about that is one to keep an eye on. After last season's painful and horrid ending to a fairy tale Champions League run you'd think it would be hard for them to recover from such a heartbreaking end.
When you're chasing record-beaters like defending champion Manchester City - the only other top side that convinced this weekend - time is of the essence.