The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LIVER­POOL great Graeme Souness be­lieves Chelsea rep­re­sent the great­est threat to the Reds’ ti­tle hopes this sea­son. The Merseysiders, who were last crowned cham­pi­ons of Eng­land in 1990, be­fore the start of the Pre­mier League, are sec­ond in the ta­ble, a point be­hind lead­ers Chelsea. Liver­pool beat Sunderland 2-0 last week­end but saw star play­maker Philippe Coutinho suf­fer an an­kle in­jury in the process. “Of course it’s a blow. But I was (Liver­pool) cap­tain there and re­garded as one of the bet­ter play­ers and I was out for 10 games and they won every sin­gle one of them,” said Souness, now a pun­dit with Sky Sports. “At the start of the sea­son I would have signed up for fin­ish­ing in the top four, but now I’m look­ing for a wee bit more,” ex­plained Souness. “But we’re not even in De­cem­ber. One year at Liver­pool we lost to Manch­ester City on Box­ing Day and were 12th in the league, ev­ery­one was writ­ing us off and we still won it. So to start pick­ing a win­ner now is re­ally hard. But of the can­di­dates, Chelsea look scary to me.”

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