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Jurgen Klopp jumping the gun by ruling out title

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Jurgen Klopp has suggested any talk of Liverpool winning the title is 'crazy' on the back of a 3-1 away win against defending Premier League champions, Chelsea.

Granted, the Blues are a fraction of the side that won the title last season, but they are still the oil-rich and big name bearing Chelsea.

The question is: does this result reflect Klopp's Liverpool resurgence or Chelsea's continuing struggle?

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If you look at the Reds' current team - injury stricken as it is - with Daniel Sturridge always a question mark, Brendan Rodgers' last two big signings only just returning from injury, captain Henderson still sidelined and now long term injuries to Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan - the side is stronger than it has been in the previous 18 months.

Klopp seems to have found the best way to play what players have been left to his disposal. James Milner has been re-positioned to the right-hand side where he is able to swing some crosses in. Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana are able to work off each other and immediately Roberto Firmino is in the centre where he has been so effective for Brazil and Hoffenheim.

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Lucas and Emre Can have been doing an excellent job in midfield and it begs the question: will Henderson slot straight back in - and if so - for who?

Klopp is right to refer to title talk as crazy - it is very early days. However, ask the question half way through the season, see how Liverpool are getting on and talk may not be so crazy.

Liverpool are certainly a force to be reckoned with at the moment - the counter pressing has already become a regular feature of the side - and now the attacking coolness Klopp has been striving for is also coming to the fore.

The Reds' starting XI is star-studded and are practically all internationals so there is no reason why this Liverpool squad can't win the league on quality, but it is a huge ask for a newly-assembled team with so many injury problems and a busy schedule ahead.

The only way is up for Liverpool, and Klopp is the man to lead them.

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