Jurgen Klopp sees seven Premier League rivals this season. Liverpool have a tough task ahead to top them all.
Liverpool will want to get their title back this season – there’s no doubt about that. But Jurgen Klopp believes there are seven Premier League rivals in front of them.
“Chelsea are not hiding their ambitions and Manchester United isn’t, [Manchester] City isn’t,” he said, per Liverpoolfc.com. “We don’t want to hide our expectations or ambitions because we want to fight for everything.
“I mention only these four but it will not be only these four.
“It looks like Leicester made really good business again, Arsenal is trying, Tottenham is obviously trying really hard, West Ham played their best season for a long time last year [and] they didn’t get worse over the summer.
“So, it will be very, very interesting.”
Klopp assesses Premier League rivals
Klopp knowingly split these seven clubs into two sections here – and that’s about right. There might be eight, including Liverpool, fighting for the top spots but only four really have title aspirations.
All three of Chelsea, United and City spent huge sums this summer to chase the trophy. The Blues spent £97.5m on Romelu Lukaku, the second biggest signing in British history.
Only City can beat it, having spent £100m on Jack Grealish last week.
None of Leicester, Arsenal, Tottenham or West Ham can compete with those kinds of signings. Their squads aren’t quite table-topping standard and a top-four spot is likely their ultimate goals.
Liverpool, though, head into this one with only Ibrahima Konate added to their ranks. They’ll hope that simply having players return from injury is enough to compete at the top.
We believe it is – though, it’s undoubtedly a risk. Liverpool should be in that top tier but if things go wrong again, their true rivals could end up being the latter four.