Klopp, meanwhile, reminded: "We are Liverpool; there is no one on this planet that expects more of us than we expect of ourselves", and on the walk to Anfield, fans fizzed as they discussed the possibilities the season could present - chiefly, the chance to erase Manchester City's designs on defending the title.
Mark Hughes's side looked the more likely to score after the break but England worldwide Hart, who joined Burnley last week from Manchester City, produced some fine saves. Now it is important to be very good again and to achieve that last thing.
Let's be honest. Did anyone really think Mo Salah wouldn't start the season with a goal?
Liverpool's marauding side will likely trouble far more experienced players than Rice this season.
After a confidence-shattering performance in the Champions League final, Loris Karius is out as the number 1 in goal for Liverpool.
Speaking ahead of the game, boss Jurgen Klopp, said: "We have to be in a championship mode. Joel did yesterday parts of training like Joe did - we will see how they are today".
"West Ham will play, for sure, a good season but they are not the Uniteds, the Citys".
With the new season beginning, you definitely won't want to miss the Sunday match of the week.
If their fortunes improve as much as the squad has then the pre-season title-challenge optimism may well be justified.
Both the wing forwards, Salah and Mane returned to Liverpool early for the pre-season fixtures after the World Cup campaigns with their national teams and both looked razor sharp and hungry to go again.
And Klopp claims his squad and him have the "highest expectations you can imagine" for themselves for the upcoming campaign. It is a start - not ideal but really good.
"We are the ones who have to do more, fight more, and that must be our attitude".
They were not needed to change the game on this occasion but they will be over the next 10 months and that is partly why Liverpool are second favourites behind defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
He said on Sky Sports: "I couldn't be less interested in what other people say of us". Pellegrini has signed some decent players this summer and they have a competitive team but I don't think they'll be a match for Liverpool. Indeed, the east Londoners have won just once at the Reds home in 56 years, and to boot had conceded four goals in each of their last three league encounters with Jurgen Klopp's men. After six weeks in I don't make the difference between a new player and another player because for me, it is exactly similar importance that Millie and Gini are ready to make the next step in their development as well.