Jamie Carragher has insisted that Liverpool and Chelsea will hold an advantage over their Premier League rivals next season because they won't be involved in European competition.
The former England international claims, however, that it might be 'a bit much' for Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League title but believes Chelsea, who endured a torrid campaign last season, will have their sights firmly fixed on the prestigious honour.
Champions Leicester City, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham will be England's representatives in the Champions League, while Manchester United, who will also be hoping to be involved in the Premier League title race next term, will take to the Europa League.
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Liverpool, of course, were so close to securing a place in Europe's elite competition but were beaten at the hands of Spanish outfit Sevilla in the Europa League final last week.
Carragher, then, believes a lack of European competition could help both Liverpool and Chelsea succeed in the Premier League next season.
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Liverpool and Chelsea advantage
“A big thing for Chelsea and Liverpool, an advantage for them, is no European football,” he told TalkSport.
“It might be a bit much for Liverpool going for the title, but they will certainly be looking at the top four.
“Chelsea always have their sights on the title and it depends on who comes in. But it will be a big advantage for Chelsea and Liverpool having no European football.”
Carragher has praised Reds boss Klopp for leading 'Brendan Rodgers' team' to two cup finals.
The Sky Sports pundit has also admitted that he's expecting the Liverpool coach to make a number of signings between now and the start of the new season.
“We have seen the impact he has brought to the club, two cup finals in his first season after less than a year there - and that is with Brendan Rodgers’ team," he said.
“I’m sure there are things he wants to change and the great thing about coming in mid-season as a manager is it gives you that time to assess the players, rather than coming in over the summer and making rash decisions.
“I’m sure over the last six months he has assessed everyone and now is making his moves in the transfer market. He has already signed a goalkeeper [Loris Karius] and I am sure that is the first of many.”
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