Sky Sports pundit and former defender Gary Neville has sent Chelsea a stern Premier League title warning as he has hinted that rivals Liverpool have the strongest starting XI in the whole league.
Both teams kept up their unbeaten start to the season with the two teams picking up 3-0 wins over the weekend against Aston Villa and Leeds respectively.
Those types of matches in game week four of the new Premier League season can be classified as potential banana skins.
Therefore, the aforementioned duo of English heavyweights have already shown their title credentials in a different way with the Blues certainly not at their best against Villa but still grinding out a win, whilst Liverpool looked electric against an expressive and open Leeds United side.
The latter of the two clubs have been backed by Neville to go close this year due to him believing that Jurgen Klopp’s outfit are potentially the strongest in regards to having the best starting eleven in the league.
He said on Monday Night Football: “That XI could be the best XI in the league, but I think where Liverpool might struggle is all the games you have to play, Champions League is coming up this week, they’ve got AC Milan on Wednesday huge games.
“I’ve been wrong about Liverpool in the past about the league and the Champions League and they’ve proved me massively wrong – I just feel like other teams have massive strength in depth but Liverpool’s starting XI is outstanding, a brilliant, brilliant team.”
Despite this favouritism shown towards the Merseyside-based club on this occasion, the former full-back has also admitted that the Aston Villa victory for Thomas Tuchel was a good sign for things to come for the west Londoners.
He said on his own Sky Sports podcast: “I went home from Salford City to watch the Chelsea vs Villa game and Villa played well, they are a decent side,” Neville said on Sunday evening.
“But Chelsea are robotic, methodical. When they scored that first goal with Lukaku I just thought it was ominous.
“There is a feeling about Chelsea: clean sheets, the striker is scoring guaranteed, the players behind them and the midfield. They are going to be difficult to stop.
“The talk will all be about Pep Guardiola, Manchester City and Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United, but Chelsea, everybody knows they are serious, it was a real performance.”
Additionally, former teammate Rio Ferdinand echoed Neville’s consensus about the danger the Blues pose to all of the title challengers.
“Chelsea are a concern if you’re trying to win the league. Any teams like Man United, Man City and Liverpool, will be looking at Chelsea and thinking: ‘They look strong, they look solid, they have weapons all over the pitch’,” Ferdinand said on his Vibe with FIVE podcast on YouTube.
The 1-1 draw between the two clubs earlier in the season has set the precedent for what is to come as the Premier League title race heats up already and we are only in September.