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Snodgrass tells his team-mates to learn fast after Liverpool drubbing

There is no need for panic, but West Ham’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Champions League finalists Liverpool on the opening weekend of the Premier League season was a stark reminder of the scale of Manuel Pellegrini’s task this season.

As fellow new managers at richer London rivals Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery will attest, overhauling a playing style, introducing new players and getting results takes time – Brendan Rodgers famously described it as building an aircraft while it’s in the air.

While patience is needed, Robert Snodgrass, who some were perhaps surprised to see involved at Anfield, has issued the message to his team-mates that they must get up to speed as soon as possible.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Robert Snodgrass of West Ham United in action during the Premier League debut prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images)

As per Football.London, he said: “It’s the Premier League and we have to get up to speed. It’s as simple as that because there is no hiding place.

“We’ve made some signings this year so we need to learn quick, learn fast and get back on the training ground and make things right and get ready to go again.”

Hard work on the training field to get the new players used to Pellegrini’s demands, fit enough and accustomed to the demands of English football is the only way for West Ham’s squad to mutate from the mess of Sunday into the comfortably top-half side their summer business should make them.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Felipe Anderson of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The likes of Snodgrass can offer experience of English football that may prove particularly useful in that learning process.

For Pellegrini, who has options there who know what the league is like and what is required to get results while a team is still getting used to each other.

Also, for his team-mates, he can offer guidance on how to adjust to the intensity and speed of the Premier League and the rallying cry is just the start of that.

 

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