Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is confident Chelsea will close the gap on the top of the table this season following their summer of spending. Liverpool ran away with their first Premier League title last term, finishing 18 points above second-placed Manchester City and 33 clear of Manchester United and Chelsea in third and fourth. But the Blues have now spent over £200million on new talent in an attempt to chase their first title since 2017.
Germany internationals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both made their Chelsea debuts in the 3-1 win over Brighton last Monday.
Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell are sidelined through injury, while Thiago Silva is still not fit enough to play.
But ahead of his side’s trip to Stamford Bridge later today (4.30pm), Klopp insisted Chelsea will be much more of a challenge than they were last term.
“I don’t expect a points gap between us and other teams, or stuff like that,” Klopp said.
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“It is 100 per cent clear that they will close gaps. It is not important what I think about it but Chelsea’s transfers show their own ambitions.
“They were fourth last year, so where do you want to go from there? There are not a lot of directions that are nice – only one.
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“And that is what Chelsea want to do 100 per cent. They trust Frank and rightly so, he did an exceptional job, and now they brought the players together. But that is all.”
Liverpool have signed two players themselves in the last two days, bringing in Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota for a combined fee of over £60million.
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Thiago could make his debut against Chelsea but Jota was not signed in time.
Portugal star Jota revealed why he joined the Reds after putting pen to paper on a five-year contract.
“It is one of the best teams in the world – the best at the moment because they are world champions,” he told the Liverpool website.
“When you look at the Premier League, you always see Liverpool as one of the biggest teams in the country, so it’s impossible to say no.
“So we just want to come [here], to give our best and hopefully I can become a good option for Liverpool in the future.
“I have played two years in the Premier League now with Wolverhampton [Wanderers] so now I just feel like it is a good moment to come here, to play Champions League again.
“It is massive for me but I think I am ready for this new chapter.”
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