Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why he’s ‘afraid’ of Chelsea and Manchester United

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thinks the Premier League title race is wide open this year and is ‘afraid’ it won’t be simply the Reds versus Manchester City to lift the trophy. The former Borussia Dortmund boss thinks Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all have a chance to compete.

The Reds have started their title defence well and will be level on points with Spurs at the top of the table if they beat Leicester later today (7.15pm).

After hearing the news Pep Guardiola had signed a new two-year contract at Manchester City, Klopp insisted he thinks there will be several challengers this season and in years to come.

Among them are Chelsea who have started the season well after their summer spending spree under Frank Lampard.

That was underlined yesterday when the Blues swatted aside the challenge of Newcastle with Timo Werner impressing.

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“I’m happy about Pep signing a new contract,” Klopp told reporters.

“But I’m a little bit afraid it won’t be Guardiola against Klopp over the next few years as it looks like Frank (Lampard) and Chelsea are building a proper team there.

“Man United will not stay without trying and Arsenal will do the same and are in a good way as well.

“Tottenham look really dangerous this year. Leicester are obviously and 100% Wolves will not sleep.

“I’ll have forgotten somebody, not because I’m being disrespectful but because I’ve seen the development of a lot of other teams and see the steps they make.

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“I’m happy Pep is staying with me for longer!”

Andy Robertson should be fit for the clash with Leicester after suffering a hamstring problem while on international duty with Scotland.

“Yeah, I feel fit, feel ready to go,” the left-back told on Friday ahead of the Reds’ encounter with Leicester City.

“I think I just got a tighter hamstring than usual against Man City, first and foremost.

“Then obviously the game on Thursday for Scotland was a huge one and 120 minutes and penalties had took its toll on me.

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“Sunday, I wasn’t ready and just took a bit more time to recover from the game. But there wasn’t any real concerns about it. It was just the [risk] of doing anything worse to the hamstring was quite high on Sunday and the manager had made the call not to play me. Wednesday, I was good to go.

“Now I’m ready to go for Sunday, I feel fully fit, I feel ready. I know some people were quite concerned but I suppose with the amount of injuries we’ve had, people have become used to it. But I’m fully fit and ready to go.”

Liverpool will look to pick up a big win tonight to maintain the pace at the top of the table.

After the match against Leicester the Reds take on Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday before a trip to Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.

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