Felipe Anderson believes that West Ham United have the ability within their squad to perform much better than they did in Saturday’s 5-0 thrashing against Manchester City.

The Hammers were torn apart by Manuel Pellegrini’s former side in the second half at the London Stadium, who also had a goal ruled out by the newly-introduced VAR but were given the opportunity to retake a penalty that was initially saved by Lukasz Fabianski.

Anderson, who was taken off with a slight knock, says that while the Hammers were fully prepared for the task, things just didn’t go to plan on the day.

He told the club website: “The team felt prepared but I think that the first games of the season are harder because you are still getting your grips on details. We were happy before the game because we were playing in front of our people and that’s always a pleasure, but we weren’t where we wanted to be.

“For sure we expected to do better. We hoped we could get a better result playing at home, but it was hard because they are an excellent side, who played a fantastic match. We need to keep on fine tuning things in order to be where we want to be.

“Our coach always wants to have the ball, to attack, to take the game to our rivals. Unfortunately, in this game we couldn’t be as offensive as we would have liked. We have the quality to do much more, but we will keep on working and I’m sure things will be better soon.”

Despite coming off with an injury, Anderson isn’t concerned about spending any time on the treatment table and believes he will be back amongst the squad soon.

He said: “I picked up a small injury. I tried to get back in, but I think it’s good that I didn’t because we’re just starting the season and I have all the rest of the season to play.”

Next up for the Hammers is a trip this Saturday to face Brighton & Hove Albion.