"The global break does not change my situation, it makes no difference".
Sadly, for Slaven Bilic's side, that wasn't the case; instead, West Ham conceded twice in three first-half minutes from a counter-attack and a set-piece, essentially finding themselves defeated after half an hour.
"Of course he hit real top form over at Roma, but you're thinking, 'is he a player suited to the Premier League?'".
Asked if he'd be surprised if West Ham sacked Bilic, Sam Allardyce said on Match of the Day: "It wouldn't surprise me because there were rumours not so long ago that Slaven had two games or three games, and I think that no contract extension in the summer, in his previous year of his contract, so it all pointed out to the first 10 games for Slaven were the most important, and he knew that".
Salah stayed rather too high up the pitch, with he and Firmino playing into the hands of West Ham's three-man defence. The Hammers are languishing in 17th spot, just one point outside the bottom three after winning just two of their opening 11 games this season.
Mane was instrumental, receiving the ball deep inside the Liverpool half he drove 70 yards at frightening pace before finally sliding the ball to his Egyptian strike partner to punish the Hammers' sloppy defending.
That approach was typified by Liverpool's first goal.
There have been occasions when West Ham have been genuinely terrible under Bilic.
The Hammers dropped to 17th, with just a point separating them from the relegation zone.
Klopp revealed how Liverpool had hardly practised the 4-4-2 formation that they deployed against West Ham. Lanzini floated around on the periphery, forced to spend too long on the left rather than in the centre where he can only play when West Ham have possession. It's the second in a row at home.
West Ham got back into the game 10 minutes after the break.
Liverpool's two-goal lead was restored as Oxlade-Chamberlain squeezed a shot past Hart, after the keeper kept out his initial effort.