Jurgen Klopp claims that Chelsea are his favorites to win the Premier League this season, as the Liverpool boss pays tribute to the “bigger squad” and the “big players” who have kicked Frank Lampard to the top of the table.
- Jurgen Klopp has named Chelsea as his favorite in the Premier League
- The Liverpool boss praised the “big” players who worked under Frank Lampard
- Chelsea had moved to the top of the table after beating Leeds 3-1 on Saturday
- Reigning champions Liverpool can come ahead of them with a victory against Wolves
Jurgen Klopp has sensationally claimed that Chelsea are his favorites to win the Premier League this season after their fantastic start.
The Liverpool boss reserved special praise for the “big” players and the big squad that Frank Lampard had access to – but also emphasized that his own team is completely focused on performing consistently.
Chelsea moved to the top of the table after their 3-1 win over Leeds on Saturday and remain unbeaten in their last nine league games.
Jurgen Klopp believes that Chelsea are favorites to win the Premier League after their strong start
Chelsea moved to the top of the table after beating Leeds 3-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday
The result, which was seen by returning 2,000 supporters in west London, meant that the blues edged a point ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham, who are both back in action on Sunday.
Klopp said: ‘If I look at games, I see that Tottenham are obviously doing quite well, that Chelsea for me currently look like favorites.
‘They have the bigger group, fantastic players, they play well. Now they are full and have incredible opportunities to change [the team] between games and from one game to the next. That’s all.
Olivier Giroud (right) and Kurt Zouma (left) both netted when the Blues edged a point clear
“The pressure is there but it’s about yourself. The pressure is there to win the match and we want to win against Wolves [on Sunday]. We only play Wolves this weekend and no one else, so everyone else can play against each other or not and then they collect points.
‘It’s always like this. It is far too early to think about who is ahead of whom or whatever. That’s just the situation.
‘I said it before, this season is not about setting a goal and going after it, it’s about getting through it with the best possible football you can play – and that’s what we’re trying to do.
Klopp has insisted that Liverpool, the reigning champions, are focused on performing consistently
‘It differs from weekend to mid-week sometimes due to certain circumstances, but it’s still the goal for us all the time. Be completely focused on the next match, the next opponent, especially not so early on other results. ‘
Liverpool competed for their first top flight crown in three decades with their memorable triumph last season.
In this year’s campaign, their title defense has been disrupted by a series of important injuries, but Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are among those currently missing.
The injury crisis at Anfield has made Klopp furious at the failure to reintroduce five replacements
The Anfield giants will still be able to take back the top spot with a victory against Wolves, even though Klopp recently doubled on his criticism of the hectic schedule before his impoverished team.
After appealing strongly for the re-introduction of the five-substitution rule, the Reds coach said: ‘It’s not about Liverpool, I do not really have five players at the moment.
‘I can bring children and stuff like that and it’s all ok, and that’s our problem. Nothing to do with the general problem. But it’s about all the players, and it’s about load handling and nothing else. ‘