Klopp: Liverpool are close to Chelsea’s level

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his side are closer to first-placed Chelsea's level than the Premier League table would suggest.

Antonio Conte's charges are 14 points ahead of third-placed Liverpool, but Klopp has pointed to the two sides' head-to-head record this campaign as an indication that the Reds are not far off the pace.

Liverpool beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this season, before playing out a 1-1 draw with the Blues at Anfield, and Klopp believes those results show how close the teams are in terms of quality.

"You have to look at the games we played against Chelsea. We were not worse than 14 points, that is for sure.

"They are experienced, cold as ice and they get the points. They play very serious and finish when they have to finish. We all know the gap is not that big, but the gap was big enough.

"Chelsea deserved the title but I've said already they had most luck with injuries. Diego Costa? Did he miss one game? Eden Hazard one game?

"You need this luck and then you go through. I don't say we could have gone through but the gap could have been closer," he said.