Jurgen Klopp claims Chelsea are his favourites to win the Premier League this season as Liverpool boss hails the ‘bigger squad’ and ‘great players’ that have fired Frank Lampard’s side top of the table
- Jurgen Klopp has singled out Chelsea as his Premier League title favourites
- The Liverpool boss praised the ‘great’ players working under Frank Lampard
- Chelsea had moved to the top of the table after beating Leeds 3-1 on Saturday
- Reigning champions Liverpool can edge ahead of them with a win over Wolves
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 Chelsea are favourites 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 watched by a returning 2,000 supporters in west London, meant that the Blues edged one point ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham, who are both back in action on Sunday.
Klopp said: ‘If I watch games then I see that Tottenham are obviously doing pretty well, that Chelsea for me in the moment look like the favourites.
‘They have the bigger squad, great players, they’re playing well. Now they are full on and have unbelievable opportunities to change [the team] between the games and from one game to the other. That’s it.
Olivier Giroud (right) and Kurt Zouma (left) both netted as the Blues edged one point clear
‘Pressure is there but it’s about yourself. The pressure is there to win the game and we want to win against Wolves [on Sunday]. We play only Wolves this weekend and nobody else, so all the others can play against each other or not and then they will collect points.
‘It’s always like this. It’s much too early to think about who is ahead of who or whatever. It’s just the situation.
‘I said it before, this season is not about setting a target and going for it, it’s about getting through it with the best possible football you can play – and that’s what we try to do.
Klopp has insisted Liverpool, the reigning champions, are focused on performing consistently
‘That differs from weekend to midweek sometimes because of some circumstances, but it’s still the target for us all the time. Be fully focused on the next game, the next opponent, especially not that early about other results.’
Liverpool raced to their first top flight crown in three decades with their memorable triumph last season.
This year’s campaign has seen their title defence disrupted by a series of key injuries, however, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold among those currently missing.
The injury crisis at Anfield has left Klopp furious over the failure to reintroduce five substitutes
The Anfield giants will still be able to reclaim top spot with a win against Wolves, although Klopp recently doubled down on his criticism of the hectic schedule facing his depleted team.
After boisterously appealing for the five-substitute rule to be reintroduced, the Reds coach said: ‘It’s not about Liverpool, I don’t really have five players at the moment I can bring.
‘I can bring kids and stuff like this and that’s all ok, and it’s our problem. Nothing to do with the general problem. But it’s about all the players, and it’s about load management and nothing else.’