Redknapp delivers Liverpool title verdict, identifies main rival
By Dominic Toner
Jamie Redknapp believes that Liverpool and Chelsea are in a great position to win the Premier League this season.
The Sky Sports pundit claims that both clubs are a real “threat” as they are not competing in Europe.
Liverpool finished eight-placed last season and have been in phenomenal form this year under Jurgen Klopp.
Chelsea have also looked a different side from their 10th-placed finish last campaign and are currently top of the table after six straight league wins without conceding.
Former Reds midfielder Redknapp claims that both Liverpool and Chelsea can benefit from their rest between league games.
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“The two big dangers in the title race are Chelsea and Liverpool,” Redknapp wrote on Sky Sports. “You don’t normally get two sides that good who aren’t in the Champions League, and this year we have seen all the Champions League teams struggle after their European games.
“Chelsea and Liverpool are such a threat because they can be fresh every week.”
Redknapp has highlighted that Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham have all found it difficult following the Champions League, something that Manchester United have also had to contend with after their Europa League games.
Liverpool are currently second-placed in the table and just a point behind leaders Chelsea with a league-best of 30 goals scored in the opening 12 games.
The Reds attacking trio of Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been in phenomenal form, scoring a combined 16 league goals between them already.
The Merseyside club are still trying to improve their defence and kept a second clean sheet of the season in the 0-0 draw against Southampton on Saturday.
Klopp’s side do host Leeds next Tuesday in the EFL Cup quarter-finals and may look to utilise his squad as they try to compete for the title.
Chelsea are also regarded as serious contenders this season and have found great success since switching to a 3-4-3 formation.
Manager Antonio Conte has been able to named the same starting XI for the last five league games and is certainly benefiting from not having to contend with mid-week European matches.
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