Liverpool take on Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday (5.30pm) with just three points separating the two sides.
This time last year the Blues were riding high in the Premier League, however, this term the two Manchester clubs have bitten back.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are nine points clear of the Blues, while United are ahead of them in second place.
And Jurgen Klopp is not surprised Antonio Conte’s side are struggling to keep pace after losing “decisive players” in the summer.
“They lost decisive players with Nemanja Matic and Diego Costa,” the Reds boss said.
“With Chelsea last year, everything worked. They didn’t need many chances to win a game.
“It’s difficult to play the same season again, especially when you lose players.”
And Klopp fully expects his side to go toe-to-toe with Chelsea for the win at the weekend, despite nobody backing them for the title.
“Our job is to stay really consistent,” he added.
“Now it’s Chelsea, what a team, champions of last year, it will be a really tough job to do but we have nothing else to do.”