Frank Lampard rules out Chelsea title challenge as Blues prepare for Liverpool

Frank Lampard has admitted it would be "a big ask" for his Chelsea side to mount a serious title challenge this season as they prepare to meet champions Liverpool.

The Blues face off with Jurgen Klopp's men at Stamford Bridge on Sunday after both clubs got the new season off to a winning start.

Lampard watched his side fend off Brighton in an unimpressive but comfortable win on Monday – two days after Liverpool survived a scare from newly-promoted Leeds.

But despite spending more than £200million in the summer transfer window – and with more arrivals expected to come – Lampard insists his team are still a work in progress.

“I think the difficulty for all of us, particularly ourselves, is we found ourselves so far behind Liverpool because of how they took on the first half of last season," Lampard said.

“You almost become in a race that’s far removed from being first, so we definitely want to close that gap for the feeling.

“You want to have intentions, ideas that you’re going to be up and around it.

“It’s a big ask to win the Premier League. Liverpool and Manchester City have worked for a while to get teams that are full of individual talent and a real team collective."

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Chelsea have been active this summer, signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

However, one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.

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Chelsea have added some blockbuster names to their ranks this summer, including prolific goalscorer Timo Werner, highly-rated talent Kai Havertz, and stalwart world class defender Thiago Silva.

Meanwhile over at Anfield Liverpool have spent just £11.75m this window on defensive cover but have as yet not made any new signings who are likely to trouble their starting XI.

That said, Liverpool did finish a mammoth 33 points ahead of Chelsea in the table last season, and Lampard says he is focused purely on significantly reducing that figure.

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“We’re very much behind in that process so I think step by step for us," Lampard continued. "Today [against Brighton] is a good feeling for us because it wasn’t a great performance, I’m not going to stand here and say that.

“But we got the three points and if we can get those points early, confidence builds. More time to work with the team, players coming back from injury and the new signings settling in and hopefully we can make big strides.

"I won’t make any big commitments now but we certainly want to close that gap."

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