Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks out on Chelsea and Tottenham’s Premier League title charges

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are bidding to defend their Premier League title (Picture: YouTube)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is ‘not surprised’ by Chelsea and Tottenham’s early Premier League title challenges.

The Reds stormed to their first domestic title in 30 years during the 2019-20 season but look set to face more competition this term.

Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League table, behind Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham on goal difference.

Big-spending Chelsea are third – two points behind Liverpool and Spurs – while Leicester City and Southampton are also both within touching distance of top spot.

Asked about the competitive nature of the current title race, Klopp said on Friday morning: ‘First and foremost it speaks for the quality of the Premier League.

‘There’s a lot of quality in these squads and with the managers. A lot of good work is done on the training ground.

‘They all played so far a really good season. I’m not surprised that Tottenham or Chelsea are where they are.

Chelsea and Tottenham have both impressed this season (Picture: Getty)

‘Southampton look really, really good too and we know how good Leicester are. It’s a sign that the teams are close together this year.

‘It’s a very difficult but interesting season for everybody. There’s chances there for all the teams and it’s nothing to do with what you achieved last year.

‘You have to be ready for that because it’s really tough for all of us. But I’m not surprised.’

Liverpool continue their Premier League campaign on Saturday against Brighton, who are currently 16th in the table.

Despite Brighton’s poor form, Klopp expects a tough match and said: ‘I have analysts who are really honest and if they think the opponent is a tough one to play they tell me in the first moment.

‘They said they are in a really good moment even if the results don’t look like it. They have a lot of possession, they are a football side with a good idea.

‘They haven’t scored often enough to get results but we cannot go there and expect them not to finish their situations off. They make the pitch big. It’s hard work and we have to be ready for it.’

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