Liverpool warned Chelsea now have one advantage in title race after new signings

Liverpool do not have the strength in depth that Chelsea now have thanks to their new signings, according to former Blues midfielder Craig Burley. Liverpool ran away with the Premier League title last season, finishing 33 points above fourth-placed Chelsea. However, the Stamford Bridge club appear determined to close that gap as soon as possible.

Chelsea have spent over £200million on six new signings this summer to strengthen Frank Lampard’s squad.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have so far just added Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas for around £12m.

Burley was asked if the arrivals of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz could have a negative effect on USA winger Christian Pulisic.

However, the pundit, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 1997, says competition for places is a vital ingredient for any top club.

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Burley claims Chelsea now have a batch of quality attacking players they can call upon if and when a player falls out of form.

However, he says that is the exact opposite to Liverpool, who he thinks rely too much on the front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

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“I think [Pulisic is] good enough and he’s shown that,” Burley told ESPN FC.

“Towards the end of the season he was arguably the first name on the team sheet.

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“And I’ve said it all along, he’s just going to have to play well. That’s what you want when you’re at a big club, you have to play well because when you’re looking over your shoulder, you’ve got competition for places, and that’s great.

“We’re seeing some criticism of Liverpool, albeit how successful they’ve been, that so far [Jurgen] Klopp’s not gone out and spent big to bring people in to challenge Sadio Mane, to challenge Mo Salah, to challenge Roberto Firmino, to challenge all these players to be better than they were last season.

“I think that’s what Chelsea have at the moment, they have players that are going to challenge the likes of Christian Pulisic, where if you have three or four average games, you’re out of the team.

“But I think the plus side if you’re an American soccer fan and you’re hanging your hat on this kind of player is he’s easily shown in his time at Chelsea since he’s come in that when he’s fully fit he’s good enough to hold down a place in this team, because he’s been excellent.

“If he reproduces that [form from last season], not an issue.”

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