Jurgen Klopp delivers honest verdict on Liverpool’s chances of catching Chelsea in title race

The Liverpool manager insists his Reds players are ready to do battle with Chelsea in the title race

Jurgen Klopp has declared that Liverpool are ready to battle it out with Chelsea for the Premier League title.

The Blues won their 12th successive Premier League game on Boxing Day thanks to a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge to leave the west London outfit nine points clear of Liverpool.

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The Merseyside outfit conceded an early goal on Tuesday evening as Jonathan Walters broke the deadlock for Stoke City in the first half to silence an optimistic Anfield crowd.

However, Adam Lallana cancelled out the Irishman’s opener before Roberto Firmino handed the home side a first-half lead before the break, with Giannelli Imbula’s own goal and Daniel Sturridge’s second-half strike sealing a 4-1 win against Stoke.

Liverpool are six points adrift of leaders Chelsea ahead of their home clash against fellow title rivals Manchester City at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.

Speaking to BBC Sport on Tuesday evening after Liverpool’s 4-1 win, Klopp addressed talk of his Reds players winning the title.

“We are focused on ourselves. We watch football and know the results but this is not when the season will be decided,” Klopp said.

“If Chelsea win all of the games they will be champions and they will deserve it. We have to fight for each point. We need to be ready for each game.”

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