The Blues have been the Premier League’s standout performers this season and have established themselves as the firm favourites to win the title under new boss Antonio Conte.
Chelsea are currently flying high at the top of the Premier League table and are nine points clear of second placed Tottenham.
Liverpool, meanwhile have struggled to find consistent form in the Premier League this season and have dropped down to fifth place in recent weeks.
Indeed, the Reds are yet to win a top-flight game in 2017 as they gear up for their crunch clash against Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday night.
And McAteer has delivered his verdict on what he thinks sets Chelsea apart from the likes of Liverpool.
Speaking to 888Sport, McAteer said: “I always feel like Liverpool are a nice bunch of boys. A nice team with players you could take home to your mum.
“You look at Chelsea and there is a bit of horribleness about them. Costa and Luiz and even Cahill to an extent. It’s a battle for them. It’s becomes horrible.
“Since Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard retired there have been big shoes that haven’t been filled but you can’t make a leader, they’re born.
“So I’d like Liverpool to go into the market and bring in someone with those leadership qualities.”
Liverpool are currently fifth in the table and 14 points behind leaders Chelsea as they bid to finish in the top four this season.
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