Thu 26 August 2021 | 9:45

Alisson Becker believes Chelsea are leading title contenders

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker thinks Saturday's game against Chelsea is an early confrontation between the two main contenders for the Premier League title.

The Brazilian has a lot of respect for Chelsea and told Sky Sports News:

"I believe they are one of the favourites, for winning the title


"They proved it last season, winning the Champions League.

"We know how strong they are - but we are not too focused on the opponents, we must be focused on our jobs, to give 100 per cent that we have."

Romelu Lukaku

has returned to Chelsea after winning the Serie A title with Inter and showed his worth with a goal in the first week.


He's an amazing player of course, they became stronger with him,

" said Alisson.

"And they were already strong - they won the Champions League without him.

"He's an amazing player, I don't need to tell you about his qualities.

"We need to approach this game with the maximum energy and mindset that we have to get our target, which is the three points."


have been strengthened by the return of key defender

Virgil Van Dijk

, who missed last season with an injury.

Alisson said: "

We already have a top team and having Virgil is really important for us


"He is someone who gives you confidence on the pitch with his presence and his qualities.

"He can give so much for you defensively - and attacking-wise, setting up the moves.

"In the last match [against Burnley] he did a fantastic pass to Harvey [Elliott] for the second goal and he's an amazing player."


won the Premier League two years ago after a long wait, but last year did not go well for them as they finished third with 17 points behind


. However,


believes that their team is strong enough to be ready to win any trophy.

Asked if the title race is the focus, he said:

"I think it's more than that - we want more


"Of course, we want to win all the tournaments that we play.

"We want to win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup - all the tournaments that it's possible for us to play.

"This should be the target, for a team like us."



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