English Premiership

Conte: Liverpool are still a title threat

2017-01-30 18:31
Antonio Conte (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned his players that they shouldn't dismiss Liverpool as serious title contenders, despite their poor recent form.

The Blues have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings, ahead of Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

The Reds have endured a tough 2017 thus far, drawing with Sunderland and Manchester United before losing to Swansea City.

However, Conte, whose side lost against Jurgen Klopp's men in September, believes the Merseyside club are still a threat.

"To win away against Liverpool is never easy. We have only two days to prepare. When we played against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, we lost the game, the only game we have lost here," Conte told the press after his side's 4-0 win over Brentford in the FA Cup," he said.

"It's important to understand the real value of this team. It's a really tough game, an important game. After this game there will be 15 games to finish the season. Liverpool are a team who can fight until the end to win the title.

"Only through work can dreams happen. For us to stay on top of the league is a dream. If you remember our start, now we are doing very well."

Chelsea travel to Anfield for a crucial Premier League encounter with Liverpool on Tuesday.


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