Shaun Wright-Philips is of the view that by failing to lure Timo Werner to the Merseyside, Liverpool have allowed the likes of Chelsea who have made a couple of impressive signings to challenge their dominance in the English Premier League next season.
Chelsea have already secured the signature of left-footed attacker Hakimi Ziyech from Ajax while reports also suggests that the deal for RB Leipzig front-man Timo Werner is all but done.
“I think that what Liverpool did really well this year, was that when they had to win, they did win,” he exclusively told AmericanGambler.com.
“And when City had to win games to stay with them, they either drew them or lost them, which saw the gap just get bigger and bigger.
“I think this year is going to be a completely different year, and I heard that Liverpool actually wanted Werner but that upstairs didn’t allow it.
“So if teams keep improving and Liverpool are not improving then that big gap will naturally get smaller.”
He added: “I think next year if Lampard gets the players that he wants and get his team exactly as he wants it, then 100 per cent [Chelsea will challenge for the title].
“They still challenging for the Champions League spots now, so it’s only one step further forward, and that is challenging against Man City and Liverpool, who have run away with it this year.”