Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has questioned whether Chelsea will be able to mount a serious challenge for the title, even though the Blues have shelled out over £200m on new signings this summer.
With so many players having been brought to Stamford Bridge, Klopp feels Frank Lampard has a massive task on his hands to make sure the team gels together and he thinks it could give the Reds, who have a settled squad, the edge:
“Now they are signing a lot of players. That can be an advantage of course but that means they have to fit together pretty quickly as well, it’s not only about bringing quality in. You cannot bring in the 11 best players in the world and just hope a week later they play the best football ever played. It’s about working together on the training ground. That will probably be an advantage for us. We’ve worked quite a while with each other, but I know people don’t want to hear that.”
Chelsea have already signed six senior players during the transfer window, but that could reach eight by deadline day, with the London club also pursuing deals for Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
Although not all will be regular starters, it means the Blues will have to bed in almost a whole team of players, which will be a massive challenge as Klopp points out.
Liverpool, in contrast, have made just one major signing in Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiakos but, despite Klopp’s bold statement, there is no doubt he would have preferred more additions in order to freshen up his squad.