Ian Rush delivers verdict on Liverpool, Chelsea’s Premier League title hopes

Ian Rush says Liverpool have the edge over their Premier League title rivals this season

Ian Rush believes that Liverpool have the edge over their Premier League title rivals this season because of their lack of European football.

The Reds have earned plenty of praise for their performances in recent weeks and currently trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by just one point after 12 games of the new season.

Liverpool are looking to improve on their disappointing eighth placed finish last season, as Jurgen Klopp’s men ended up without a trophy despite reaching the Europa League and League Cup finals.

And Liverpool legend Rush feels that the Merseyside outfit could be set to mount a serious title challenge this season because of their lack on involvement in European competition.

Speaking exclusively to 888sport, Rush said: “They’re not relying on one player which is what I particularly like about Liverpool. There are so many players who can score goals.

“Chelsea are a great side but if Costa isn’t scoring who will? We have five at least in Firmino, Coutinho, Mane, Sturridge or Lallana.

“Then you have defenders like Lovren chipping in too which reminds me of my day when Phil Neal would get you at least five a season. Then you had the midfielders like Molby and Barnes getting you ten to fifteen.”

“When you have players like that it’s very difficult for the opposition manager to know what to do. They can’t say ‘stop him and stop him’ and then win the game. They don’t know what team is going to be playing and when they do they don’t know who to man-mark.”

“When you’re not in Europe you have to take advantage of that and do well in the league and the two teams who are doing it are Liverpool and Chelsea. Also when you’re not involved in European competition you have time to get over injuries – just that day or two – and that makes a massive difference in a very competitive Premier League.”

Liverpool return to Premier League action with a home clash against Sunderland this weekend.

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The Reds were held to a frustrating goalless draw in their most recent Premier League outing last weekend.

Read the full 888sport interview with Ian Rush, including how Liverpool need Daniel Sturridge to stop sulking if they’re going to challenge for the title.

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