Chelsea Won't Challenge Liverpool and Manchester City Due To This - Reds Legend

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Chelsea now sit third in the Premier League having won all of their opening five games of the season under new manager Maurizio Sarri, and Hazard went onto praise the impact the Italian has had on the club since his arrival in the summer, claiming he's one of the best managers in the world.

"He was a little confused as two seasons ago he was a protagonist but then came six months without playing".

But Sturridge has started this campaign in sublime form and scored a sublime equaliser to rescue a point for Liverpool against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. We've lost home advantage because it's at Stamford Bridge, and I think it'll be two different teams.

"I think we can challenge against Liverpool, with City too", Chelsea's goalscorer continued. Nobody thought they would be this good this season.

Robertson has provided three assists for his teammates so far this season.

It is a remarkable return to prominence for the Brazil worldwide, who was frozen out of the first team by Antonio Conte following a training-ground argument last season and did not feature for Chelsea in the final three months of the campaign. I don't know [if he can do it] because we haven't tried it yet.

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Jurgen Klopp's cavalcade at Liverpool is in its fourth season and finally resembles a parade - flamboyant, relentless and flourishing.

Yet while next Sunday's encounter might give an indication as to which team is the most likely to emerge as champions, Chelsea have many aspects in their favour to argue their case as a third challenger. The signs were clear right from the onset - Liverpool pressed and pressed hard, not only when Chelsea had possession in their opponent's half of play but also when Sarri's men looked to recoup in their own half. City also have that, but Liverpool do not and the experience of going down the finishing straight is something that can not be overlooked. After the talks, Hazard chose to stay at Chelsea.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Robertson said that the league encounter will be a "completely different game".

The contrast with neighbours Manchester City could not be more marked, with Pep Guardiola's side beating Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 to go ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

Jorginho has been an exceptional addition but Kovacic, on loan from Real Madrid, has quietly improved the team and he is not short on big-game experience. Left-back Luke Shaw has been one of the stand-out performers for United this season, but Liverpool's Andrew Robertson has been even better and would keep Shaw out of any team.