Lampard’s £220m spree gives him a strong squad but Jose’s a proven winner… so ahead of Sunday’s huge clash, here’s how the rivals match up

It remains very early in this Premier League campaign, but if the opening few weeks are anything to go by, this season’s title race will be far from the one-horse race we saw last season.

Liverpool flew out of the traps 12 months ago and had their first title in 30 years pretty much wrapped up by Christmas. But, ravaged by injuries and a defence that has shown signs of weakness, Jurgen Klopp’s champions could be in for a tough fight to keep hold of their crown. 

It has in recent years been a shootout between the Reds and Manchester City for the big honours, but this season could see two new contenders from the south enter the fray. 

Jose Mourinho will be delighted with the start his Tottenham side have made to the campaign. Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have obliterated a whole host of defences to put the north London club at the top of the league after nine games. 

But it may be a former star pupil that scuppers Mourinho’s plans, because Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are displaying all the credentials of a real title threat. Having spent considerably in the summer, the Blues have tightened things up at the back and look a complete force going forwards.

Ahead of their mouthwatering clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, Sportsmail assesses the two new contenders and discusses who is best suited to challenge the injury-plagued champions and break the dominance of the two clubs in the north. Continue reading

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