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It was a disappointing opening 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield to begin the 2018/19 campaign for West Ham United.

Although there is no question the Reds will be Premier League title contenders this season after spending big in the summer to bridge the gap between themselves and the defending champions Manchester City, there were many things from the display that will worry Hammers fans.

Here are three points to reflect on from that tie against Liverpool and a look at what the future may hold for West Ham this season.

New signings need to settle sooner

West Ham were one of the busiest clubs in the summer transfer window along with Everton, Fulham and Wolves – the danger is when you make so many signings, you need the new faces to settle as quickly as possible.

There is no doubt Hammers club-record man Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Fabian Balbuena will turn out to be excellent additions for the club but hopefully, they bed into the team soon rather than later, especially those who have not played in England before, as it can take time to adapt into the Premier League.

Results against teams outside top six will define season

What is becoming very apparent is that the top six in the Premier League are breaking away even further from the rest of the pack – to the extent you almost have a two-tiered league now.

It is very important West Ham get positive results against the teams outside the top six as that will determine if they end the season in a good position.

Obviously, anything against the top six teams will be a bonus. West Ham have Premiership odds of 250/1 to lift the title, which suggests where the bookmakers position them in their rankings.

A top-ten finish should be the aim for Manuel Pellegrini in his first season at the club and that can be backed at 5/4.

Lukasz Fabianski still can be the answer to goalkeeping problems

It seems silly to say this after your goalkeeper has just conceded four goals on his debut for the club, but there were enough positives from the Poland international to suggest he could be the answer to West Ham’s goalkeeping problem, which has stretched on for a number of years now.

Last season, the jersey was passed around between Joe Hart and Adrian but neither did enough to earn the number one position.

Fabianski is very experienced in England as he has had spells with Arsenal and Swansea, the latter who he signed from earlier in the summer.

If it wasn’t for the Polish goalkeeper, the scoreline could have been much worse against Liverpool as they were so dangerous when on the attack.

Consistency with the back four and goalkeeper can only help the West Ham team in the long term so Pellegrini will be hoping he does not get any injuries or suspensions, which could disrupt what hopefully will be a solid back line in the 2018/19 campaign.

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