Chelsea sent brutal title warning ahead of Liverpool clash as Man City threaten to pull away

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Former Liverpool star John Aldridge has sent Chelsea a warning that they could be out of the Premier League title race if they lose at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues welcome the Reds to Stamford Bridge at the weekend in a clash that could have huge implications in this season’s title race.

As it stands, Chelsea are level on points with Liverpool, who boast a better goal difference and therefore sit in second place, with the Reds also having a game in-hand on their rivals.

Meanwhile, Manchester City ensured their advantage to Chelsea remained six points with a 6-3 win against Leicester City on Sunday afternoon in what is turning out to be a thrilling battle for the Premier League crown.

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So, ahead of Thomas Tuchel vs Jurgen Klopp at the weekend, the former has been warned that his side may see their title hopes disappear if the latter comes out on top at Stamford Bridge.

Writing in his column for the Liverpool Echo, former Reds forward Aldridge said: “City’s form of late really isn’t good news for Liverpool, but you can’t rely on other teams. It’s all about what Liverpool can do.

“City seem to have raised the bar somewhat by winning all these games on the bounce, which they’ve done before. The worry is, at the moment, they just don’t look like they’re going to slip up.

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Manchester City are six points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table
Manchester City are six points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table

“It seems to me that sides are almost beaten before the match has even begun against City and I think it is the same at Anfield when some of the teams lower down in the division visit. It is really tough to go to Anfield and get anything.

“It is a little bit ominous playing against Guardiola’s side and, psychologically, it’s hard to think you will get anything. Man City create so many chances and are capable of scoring five, six, seven goals a game. This is all without a recognised striker, too.

“It shows you what a coach Pep Guardiola is. Both Guardiola and Jurgen have raised the bar so high. We just have to keep on inching away and hope for a helping hand from elsewhere in the coming months.

“We are capable of beating anyone and we just have to remain consistent. A point at Tottenham would be considered a fairly good result in most other seasons, but the demands are just so much higher.

“The title is not really in our hands because City are now ahead on points and goal difference. They are just like a machine at the moment.

“It’s virtually impossible for us to go from now and the end of the season winning every game. We will need teams to beat City along the way.

“If we were to beat Chelsea at the weekend, it’s going to be very difficult for Tuchel’s side to get back into the mix given the way Man City are going. A draw is no good for anyone really.

“It’s only the start of the New Year and it’s crazy to say that, but that just shows you how City have raised the standards.”

Tuchel’s record vs Klopp

Tuchel and Klopp have gone head-to-head on numerous occasions, with Sunday set to be the latest in the series.

Earlier in the season, Chelsea will have been relieved to hold onto a point at Anfield, despite going a goal up against Liverpool.

Kai Havertz handed the Blues the lead on Merseyside, but Reece James was later sent off for a handball on the line, with Mohamed Salah scoring from the resulting penalty.

Tuchel has come up against Klopp on 16 different occasions, winning only three, drawing four and losing nine matches against his German compatriot.

Source by Football London

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