Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes that Liverpool are one of the teams who can fight for the Premier League title in the upcoming season.
Conte will face Liverpool in a pre-season friendly in the early hours of the morning when they meet in Los Angeles.
The Italian, who has just taken over at Stamford Bridge, believes that manager Jurgen Klopp working with the Reds from October last season could be crucial for the Reds in the upcoming campaign.
He is quoted by the official Chelsea website, saying: "Liverpool is one of seven or eight teams that can fight to win the title.
"They have a good manager, they play good football with high intensity and good organisation. Jurgen Klopp worked already for six months with this team and I think it’s very important for Liverpool to understand the ideas of Klopp.
"It’s important to have the time to work. It’s very difficult to go in during the season when a manager was sacked, it’s not easy. You must transfer your idea in a quick time, it’s very difficult. The last season is very important for Klopp and the players because he knows his players and they know him and his staff."
Judging by Conte's comments, one might feel he thinks that Klopp has a something of an advantage having worked with his team for a decent period of time prior to pre-season.
Of course, there are many contenders for the league title this season, especially given that Leicester City shocked so many by taking the crown last time out in one of English football's most remarkable stories.
As a result, along with so many managerial changes at many of the top clubs, the Premier League looks wide open ahead of this campaign.
It will be interesting to see just how far down the road both sides are in terms of development ahead of the new season. Conte arrived pretty late because of Italy's run to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, while Klopp has made several signings this summer and has been looking to blend them into a side that works for him.
Both teams should see some of their players return to action in pre-season for the first time after being away with their countries for the European Championship, and it will be interesting to see if either side tries to lay down any kind of marker ahead of their competitive league meeting in September at Stamford Bridge.