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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says his team have no chance of catching Chelsea in the Premier League this season and is not is not sure they ever will bridge the cap with the big-spending Premier League champions.

Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday 18 points behind the title holders with two games in hand.

Asked at a news conference on Friday if his side could catch Chelsea this season, he said: “No, we will just have three more points.

“It is difficult to talk about the future. At this moment we can beat anyone but in nine months different clubs have different players, so it’s hard to know.

“Can we improve? Yes. Can they (Chelsea) improve? I think so. I don’t know if we are one step behind or two or more.

“I don’t analyse other teams every week, just the week we play them so I don’t think about the next season, just the next game.

“We have had a lot of games against them. We know them and they know us and there will be no surprises,” he said.

“But winning at Chelsea would be very good for us because we will have three more points and will be closer to Manchester United.

“But if we beat Chelsea we have to win at Wigan in our next game.”

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