After Leicester’s incredible Premier League triumph last season, it takes a very brave man to predict which side will claim the title this time around.
The Foxes will be attempting to defend their trophy but they will find it tough with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea all setting their sights on the main prize. Meanwhile, in north London, Arsene Wenger will be looking to win Arsenal’s first league title since 2004 while Tottenham will be hoping to build on their title challenge from last season.
But Chelsea boss Conte has thrown another side into the mix in the form of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
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Klopp took over at Anfield in October and could only guide his side to an eighth-placed finish, 21 points behind Claudio Ranieri’s side at the summit.
However, the incoming Italian believes the fact that Klopp has already been at the Merseyside club for nine months, could stand them in good stead next campaign.
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"Liverpool are one of the best teams in the League and I’m sure can fight to win the title,” he said, per the Evening Standard.
"Jurgen Klopp worked already for nine months with this team and it’s very important for him and Liverpool to understand each other."
Conte continued: "It’s important to work and have the time to transfer your methods and ideas of football.
"It’s very difficult to go in during the season when a manager was sacked. It’s not easy. You must transfer your ideas in a bit of time and it’s difficult.
"But last season was very important for Klopp and the players. The players know Klopp and he knows the players. It’s important to transfer your idea of football and to have the identity of the player."
Conte looking forward to Liverpool friendly
Conte and Klopp go head-to-head early on Thursday morning as Chelsea and Liverpool clash in the International Champions Cup in Pasadena.
And the new Chelsea manager seems excited to be taking on his Premier League rivals in the United States.
"It is a good game for us. It's not the most important thing to win - we try to work on different aspects,” he said.
"But we want to play a good game and I want to see improvement from my players. A game against a good opponent is a good game. I’m very curious to see my team against Liverpool.”