Klopp Doubts Chelsea’s Title Challenge If This Happens

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels Chelsea have had a lot of luck with regards to injuries to their players. The Premier League leaders have played a similar team for most of the campaign, and this has helped them clinch a six-point gap over second-placed Liverpool.

Klopp has seen his side lose key players in Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge over the past month, and believes this has somehow hampered their chances of closing in on the Blues.

“There is no perfect system in world football, but when they go on like this they are the deserved champions, nobody could have a doubt about this,” he told in an interview with Sky Sports‘ Jamie Redknapp.

“I am pretty sure that until now Chelsea are maybe the team that have had the most luck with injuries. We lost Phil (Coutinho) and Daniel (Sturridge) and Danny Ings in difficult moments when you really could use them.

He added that the Blues are mostly dependent on Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to provide the goods upfront, and a lengthy absence for the duo could well tilt the title race.

“If it’s Hazard and Costa at Chelsea, is it the same afterwards?” he said.

Chelsea did manage to earn a hard-fought win over Sunderland (1-0) in Hazard’s injury absence this month, but their credentials will once again be tested on Boxing Day with key striker Costa suspended (five yellow cards) against Bournemouth.