LIVERPOOL BOSS JURGEN KLOPP EXPLAINS WHY HE THINKS CHELSEA ARE STILL IN TITLE RACE

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Liverpool opened up a six-point gap at the top of the table as they thrashed Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield on Boxing Day.

Despite being 11 points above fourth-placed Chelsea, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp isn’t writing off Chelsea’s title chances as he believes Chelsea can go on a winning run and become title challengers.

With Liverpool playing Arsenal and Manchester City in their next two fixtures, Klopp believes the title race could be blown wide open if his team drop points in those games.

“We had no idea about the Manchester City result until after the game,” Klopp said.

“We play City soon – if I was them I would think there is only four points because we still have to play them, then we play Arsenal before then as well.

“The only thing that matters to us is the performance and keeping that level of performance.

“It’s good but that’s all. Tottenham are flying – they had a difficult summer but they are doing brilliant.

“We are on a good run as well. Chelsea will win, Arsenal will win, it will be a race until the final day.

“But we are in it and that’s important.

“We’re just creating a basis for the rest of the season and the basis after the first part of the season is obviously a good one.”

Chelsea’s 2-1 win at Watford on Boxing Day and Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Brighton means Chelsea are now two points above fifth-placed Arsenal.

Eden Hazard scored both goals and has now been directly involved in 19 Premier League goals this season – 10 goals and 9 assists. That is more than any other player in the Premier League.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri praised the team for their approach to the game against Watford after losing to Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

“Against Leicester the mentality was good and I think we played one of the best performances of the season in the first half,” Sarri said.

“What was wrong was the reaction to the negative situation, but it can happen.

“Today we did very well in our approach and the level of attention and determination was very good for 90 minutes, with continuity.

“So maybe in terms of quality we played better against Leicester but today we played with a great level of application and determination.”

Sarri also hailed the importance of Hazard to Chelsea after his man of the match performance against Watford as he compared the Belgian to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Hazard is very important for us,” said Sarri.

“Messi is very important for Barcelona. Cristiano Ronlado is very important for Juventus. He is a very great player, and able to play in any position. At the moment he is a false nine and he is able to play in that position.

“He scored two goals, made two or three very good assists, he is able to play with team mates and to open spaces for others.”

Chelsea’s next Premier League fixture is away at Selhurst Park on Sunday against Crystal Palace.

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