Loris Karius thinks Liverpool have three challengers for the Premier League title

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Loris Karius has named the three other teams that he believes will fight it out in the Premier League title race this season along with Liverpool.

The goalkeeper moved to Anfield this summer from Mainz for just £4.7 million and, ever since recovering from the broken hand which kept him out for nearly ten weeks, he's established himself as the Reds' first-choice 'keeper, ahead of Simon Mignolet.

Karius' three league clean sheets have helped Liverpool cement their position in the top four and they currently sit just a point behind leaders Chelsea. The 23-year-old has now had his say with regards to the main contenders battling to be crowned English champions.


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Karius picks title contenders

When asked which teams he thinks will fight it out between them for the title this term, he told German football magazine kicker, via ESPNFC: "Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and us. That quartet is standing eye-to-eye.

"Many thought (Man) City, with Pep Guardiola, would be the favourites, but Chelsea went on a brutal run recently. The direct duels (matches) could be decisive."

Jurgen Klopp's men have drawn against Tottenham and Manchester United, two teams who probably have title hopes of their own, but they impressively picked up maximum points from their trips to the Emirates Stadium on the opening weekend as well as Stamford Bridge.

What is Liverpool's main target?

Karius, who is yet to lose a match with his new club, also commented on Liverpool's title ambitions, saying: "It's a dream that is still far away, but we've not made that our goal because if you (do that and then) finish second, you'd think the season was a disappointment."

Despite Liverpool's brilliant start to the 2016-17 campaign, the shot-stopper claimed: "Our goal is to play in the Champions League next term."

Karius on Coutinho and Klopp

Philippe Coutinho is not expected to play again in 2016 after sustaining ankle ligament damage in the win over Sunderland, but Karius feels that Liverpool not being involved in any European competition this season will soften the blow of losing their star man.

"One of our best players is sidelined, but we have a big squad and everyone's still fresh because we did not play that many matches this season," he said.

On his manager and compatriot Klopp, Karius stated: "He successfully coached a big team at Dortmund for many years, (he) has a clear philosophy and knows it works. Our young team feels that. We believe everything he says - that's incredibly important, independent of tactics."

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