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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has backed Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League title next season under Thomas Tuchel.
Chelsea have drastically improved since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard at the end of January and are on course for a top four finish.
The Blues have also made it to the FA Cup and Champions League finals.
“My concern this year is not the gap,” said Klopp.
“Last year we had a big gap between us and other teams but we obviously knew that didn’t mean we are 20-odd points better than other teams.
“Next year we have to win football games, and City is not the only challenge.
“I think Chelsea looks, I said when Thomas arrived there this squad is a present and together with Thomas it works out really well.
“If you look at the squad, they can make 11 changes and you think, ‘oof that’s a proper team’. They will go for it next year, definitely. They will not get worse. That’s a fact.
“United are in a good way, so it’s not about who is far away or whatever. It means you just have to win your own football games and that’s possible.”