Following Leicester City’s incredible Premier League triumph this season, there can’t be many people willing to take a punt on who will become champions next campaign.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United will all hope to improve on their fairly underwhelming league campaigns while Leicester and Tottenham will be expecting to be challenging for the league title once again.
But a club that could join them in a race for the Premier League crown is Liverpool. Well, that’s according to Chelsea’s caretaker boss Guus Hiddink.
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The two sides meet on Wednesday at Anfield with Liverpool and Chelsea sitting in eighth and ninth respectively.
But the Dutchman believes Liverpool will be up there challenging for many other teams next season - and has explained why.
“Everyone is at the top next season, including Liverpool,” he told reporters, per Chelsea’s official website.
“They made a good change. It's a very energetic club, always has been, with a huge history.
“It’s a very energetic team which Jurgen Klopp has formed. That's good to see. Also, they can be very resilient.
“They were down in the Europa League to Borussia Dortmund and made it up in the last seconds. They have a good skilful team but a strong mental team as well. It's nice to see them play,” he added.
Attraction of Liverpool
While Liverpool are 22 points behind champions Leicester, Hiddink’s comments aren’t too outrageous - especially if Liverpool can win the Europa League against Sevilla next week.
Winning that competition would not only give the club a huge boost, it would also give the Reds an automatic spot in next season’s Champions League, helping to attract world-class players to the club.
But even if they aren’t competing in Europe’s elite competition, the lure of playing under Klopp could help them to capture some talented stars in the summer.
At times this season under Klopp, Liverpool have shown signs of becoming a force to be reckoned with. Impressive wins such as the 3-1 triumph at Stamford Bridge, the 4-1 win at Manchester City and a 3-0 victory against the same side in the return fixture show that they can compete against the league's best.
But a lack of consistency has cost Liverpool dearly as their quest to achieve a top-four finish failed miserably.
But, ahead of Klopp’s debut campaign, it’s likely that Hiddink isn’t the only person to think that this Liverpool side could go close to winning their first league title since 1990.
If Leicester, at odds of 5000/1 can win the Premier League, Liverpool will feel they have every opportunity to lift the trophy come May 2017.