Jürgen Klopp

Call us the 'asterisk champions!': Klopp ready for Liverpool title push


London (AFP) - Liverpool can move within touching distance of the Premier League title when the runaway leaders face Everton on Saturday, while the relegation battle will be in the spotlight in the first full weekend of top-flight action since the coronavirus outbreak.


Jurgen Klopp's side will play for the first time since the Premier League was suspended in March over the COVID-19 pandemic as the title chasers make the short trip to Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday.


However, Liverpool's inevitable title will now come with an asterisk according to some pundits, who claim the Premier League's new normal of matches behind closed doors with more substitutes allowed has taken the shine off the leaders' achievements.


The struggling Seagulls, two points above the bottom three, got their wish to stay on home turf and return to action at the Amex Stadium against Arsenal, who are reeling from their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday.


West Ham, level on points with Brighton, host Wolves, who are bidding for an unexpected European berth, while third-bottom Bournemouth face Crystal Palace.


Chelsea play for the first time since the lockdown on Sunday when Frank Lampard's men head to struggling Villa, who escaped with a 0-0 draw in Wednesday's opener when a mistake from the Hawk-Eye goalline technology denied Sheffield United a clear goal.






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