Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims that Chelsea are the favorites to lift the Premier League title this season due to the strength and depth of the squad available to coach Frank Lampard.
RATERS: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims that Chelsea are the favorites to lift the Premier League title this season because of the strength and depth of the squad available to coach Frank Lampard.
Lampard oversaw the Chelsea squad, which cost around милиони 220m (US $ 295.64m) in the summer transfer window, and after a difficult start, the team is in a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Saturday’s 3-1 win over Leeds United at Stamford Bridge saw Chelsea climb to the top of the league table with 22 points, overtaking Tottenham Hotspur and defending champions Liverpool 21 each, and play on Sunday.
“If I watch football at the moment, then Chelsea look like a favorite to me,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Liverpool’s home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“They have the biggest squad, great players who play well together after a rusty start – and they are fulfilled.
“They have incredible opportunities to change games and make changes from one game to another – that’s right.
While Liverpool had a six-point lead at the top of this stage last season, this term they had to deal with an oversaturated term and several injury failures.
Klopp said that this season the race for the title will be more open than in previous campaigns, but stressed that Liverpool must remain focused only on their performances.
“I do not feel that we are chasing anyone at the moment – or that someone is chasing us,” said the German coach. “The pressure is on us, but it’s about how much you think about that pressure, to be honest.”
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(Report by Hardick Vyas in Bengaluru; Edited by Clarence Fernandez)