Chelsea manager Frank Lampard on Thursday brushed aside talk of pressure on him to deliver a title after a successful transfer window, saying his new recruits must hit the ground running to help them close the gap on Manchester City and Liverpool.
The common consensus is that most are reserving judgement over how Chelsea will do this season until the new signings are seen in action.
Liverpool won the Premier League previous year finishing 33 points above fourth-place Chelsea, who were just happy to qualify for the Champions League in a transitional season in which they were hit with a transfer embargo.
"Sometimes if you have the opportunity to invest at a club, managers at a top club, you try to do it as well as you can".
"I think it'll be somewhere in the middle. We reached the Champions League final two years ago, won it the following year and won the Premier League by being the club we are". You can go through the Liverpool players - Van Dijk, Alisson, Fabinho, Keita, [Sadio] Mane, [Mohamed] Salah. "We know expectations are there, but we want to improve and not get ahead of ourselves". [Manchester] City and Liverpool have run over a few years. So it's a great story, but it's story that has seen money spent on players.
'We should be excited, but we should also have a slight word of caution that we need to work with the new players, and my job is to work with the new players to get them settled into the team and get the team working as well as possible.
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"I don't see it in those direct competitive situations that we're trying to find". He needs to feel that from us.
That being said, with both veteran stars Willian and Pedro having departed the club earlier this summer, the need for depth in the attacking ranks may make club legend Lampard think twice about sanctioning any loan deal - unless an attractive offer is received. [Tottenham manager] Jose Mourinho might mention it.
"We don't know how well all of these players will gel", he conceded when talking to ESPN FC.
"I feel we've done it this summer with a view on bringing in young players of high talent, I believe very high talent, of course with the exception of Thiago Silva and his age".
"With me, I just saw it as a challenge". I won't pick the team on whether you came from the academy.
Speaking before the start of the season Klopp, who has spent just £11.7m on Kostas Tsimikas this transfer window, said the Reds have had success "by being the club we are", adding: "We can not change that overnight and say "now we want to behave like Chelsea".