Antonio Conte opens up about Liverpool ahead of Chelsea clash

Antonio Conte admits he finds it difficult to explain why Liverpool have struggled in recent weeks

Antonio Conte has admitted that he finds it difficult to explain why Liverpool have struggled to find consistent form in recent weeks.

The Reds have endured a frustrating start to 2017 to leave them out of both cup competitions and trailing Premier League leaders Chelsea by 10 points heading into Tuesday night’s showdown at Anfield.

Liverpool will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways then they host Conte’s high-flying Chelsea side at Anfield on Tuesday night.

But despite Liverpool’s recent stuttering form, Conte has warned his side that they are in for a stern test of their Premier League title credentials at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Conte told Chelsea’s website: “It is very difficult to explain this [Liverpool’s results in January] because I watched very well their defeats and I think in these games they were unlucky. Tonight is a really tough test against a tough team.

“This week we face two great opponents, Liverpool and Arsenal, but after these two games we have to play 14 games to finish the championship and for this reason, it is important the results against Liverpool and Arsenal but the league doesn’t finish after these two games.

“For sure defeat for Liverpool could be another hit mentally for them but it does not decide the season.”

Chelsea have enjoyed a remarkable upturn in form since Conte’s appointment at Stamford Bridge last summer following their disastrous campaign last term, when they finished 10th and without a trophy in the wake of Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

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The Blues are the firm favourites to win the title this season and are currently eight points clear at the top of the table.

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