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By Dominic Toner

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho claims his side will continue to fight for the title, despite the strong position of current Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently fourth-placed in the table and are regarded as one of the main contenders for the title.

However, they suffered a shock 3-2 home defeat to relegation-threatened Swansea in their last Premier League game and are now 10 points adrift of Chelsea.

The Merseyside club were also eliminated from the EFL Cup semi-finals by Southampton on Wednesday and have won just one of their last seven games across all competitions.

Coutinho has explained that Liverpool have not yet given up hopes of winning a first Premier League title in the club’s history.

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“It’s a tough league, yes. You say Chelsea win the league, but we are giving up on nothing,” Coutinho said, as quoted by the Mail. “We have to fight for the title, this season and the next season.

“We had a setback against Swansea and Chelsea are a good team. I like Eden Hazard and Willian, they are the hardest opponents, but that is the ambition of our club too. We have to fight for the best, compete and continue to compete. That is what his club must demands from all of us. That is why I am here.”

Liverpool have been one of the frontrunners for the title this campaign as they have benefited from having no European commitments.

They have been in sensational form in attack and are the division’s top scorers, netting 51 times in 22 Premier League matches.

The Merseyside club will need a fantastic league run if they are to catch rivals Chelsea, but face them on Tuesday at Anfield.

In other Liverpool news, Joe Gomez has posted an Instagram verdict after signing a long-term contract.

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