Sarri claims Chelsea can’t compete with Liverpool

Chelsea go into successive games against Liverpool this week having surrendered their perfect record under Maurizio Sarri and with the head coach warning it will take him at least 12 months to hoist his side to the level of the new Premier League leaders.

After a goalless draw at WestHam, Chelsea ended the weekend in third place. While for a midweek tie at Anfield in the Carabao Cup both teams could field much-changed lineups, the top‑flight meeting at Stamford Bridge on Saturday is already eagerly anticipated, though Sarri is wary of the threat that will be posed by Liverpool.

Sarri  is still trying to impose his playing philosophy at the club he joined in the summer, and admitted Jürgen Klopp’s side are far closer to the finished article than his own.

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