Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Chelsea were the favorites to lift the Premier League title earlier this season because of the strength and depth of the team at the disposal of coach Frank Lampard.
Lampard is looking at a rebuilding team in Chelsea that cost around £ 220 million ($ 295.64 million) in the summer transfer window, and after a tough start, the team is on a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Saturday’s 3-1 win over Leeds United at Stamford Bridge pushed Chelsea to the top of the league table with 22 points, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and defending champion Liverpool with 21 points each.
“If I look at football games at the moment, Chelsea, to me, look like favorites,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Liverpool’s home game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“They have the biggest team, the best players play well together after a rusty start – and they’re full.
“They have incredible opportunities to make changes in games and change from one game to another – so be it.”
Liverpool were six points clear at this point in last season, but the word was that they had to deal with a crowded match list and several injury setbacks.
Klopp said the title race would be more open this season than previous campaigns, but stressed that Liverpool should focus on their own performances.
“I don’t feel like we’re chasing anyone at the moment – or someone is chasing us,” the German coach said. “We have stress, but how much do you think about that pressure, to be honest.”


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