Michael Essien tips Chelsea for English Premier League title

Liverpool midfield

Jurgen Klopp's side have started the season well domestically, accumulating 20 points from their first eight games, and now sit joint-top of the table alongside Manchester City and Chelsea ahead of the worldwide break.

"If you want to see fresher (players), give them a summer break", he said.

The squad will then take on Spain three days later on Monday evening and Southgate is working with a number of new faces in the group.

"They're unbeaten in the league so I think it's been great".

I'm back into the routine of training and playing games, getting prepared mentally and physically for games and I've played a part in nearly all the matches this season so I'm feeling really good and confident and I want to keep that going all season.

"Obviously they were a bit cautious ofthe way we play and I think we have earned that respect, but they still pressed and still tried to play their game".

After being a part of success like that and seeing what we've done recently, I feel we're going in the right direction. "It is a challenge for us to go out there and produce the goods as Gazza did when he was a player".

After eight fixtures, the Premier League's top five are separated by just two points. They will have their moments, but I thought we defended them brilliant - apart from the penalty and one or two situations, where we needed Alisson with a really good save.

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Before the players tested Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland in goal, they stretched off and performed a number of exercises in the gym.

"It's a long, long way to go so I don't think anyone is getting too carried away".

"I feel much more mature now, I feel like I'm ready to show what I'm capable of".

"We were close more than ever to win here".

"I think Chelsea and Liverpool are the ones that have really impressed so far and Man United and Spurs are the ones that haven't played as well".

"Manchester United have got some ground to make up if they are going to be in contention".

"Maybe over the last few years I've been a bit inconsistent but now I'm fully focused on giving consistent performances".

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