Liverpool legend writes off their Prem title chances as Klopp is told ‘top four will be a big success’

Lewis Oldham
Liverpool boss Klopp
Jurgen Klopp at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann has written off their Premier League title chances after their opening day draw against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

The Premier League giants came close to winning the title in 2021/22 but they were pipped on the final day of the campaign by Manchester City.

Liverpool dropped off last season as they spent much of the campaign around mid-table. Jurgen Klopp’s side came on strong during the run-in as they ended up fifth in the Premier League.

They have overhauled their squad this summer with Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and James Milner among their high-profile departures.

Liverpool will take their summer spend to over £150m if Romeo Lavia completes his £60m switch to the Premier League outfit from Southampton. 

The Reds face competition from Chelsea in the race to sign Lavia and the two Premier League sides played out a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Luis Diaz opened the scoring for Liverpool before new signing Axel Disasi netted an equaliser for Chelsea in his competitive debut for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

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Hamann was not too impressed by Liverpool’s showing against Chelsea as they are “as far away as they were last season” from the Premier League title.

“I think they are as far away as they were last season, if not further,” Hamann said on talkSPORT.

“If they go into the season like this, if they don’t sign anymore players, I think top four will be a big success.

“I can’t see them challenging for the title, I watched Newcastle, Arsenal were a bit underwhelming, I think City will be there again and Chelsea won’t be far away as well.

“You’ve got to beat one or two of these teams to finish in the top four, I think that will be hard enough. Title challengers? I don’t see them as title challengers at all, and it remains to be seen who they do bring in.

“Fabinho, [James] Milner, [Jordan] Henderson, I know they’re coming to the end of their careers but they’ve lost a lot of grit and a lot of steel and a lot of identity and a lot of influence in the dressing room.

“They’ve only signed two players so far so if they were to go into the season like this or finish the transfer window as they do now with just two signings, I think top four will be a success.”

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