Samir Nasri rules out Liverpool title bid

Samir Nasri claims that Liverpool's Champions League commitments will see the Reds struggle to mount a title charge this season.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri believes that Liverpool's Premier League campaign will suffer as a result of their Champions League participation.

Spearheaded by 31-goal Luis Suarez, the Reds finished two points behind champions City in a thrilling title race that went down to the final day of last season.

However, with Suarez's move to Barcelona, coupled with additional European commitments, Nasri feels that Brendan Rodgers's side will struggle to improve on their second-place finish this time around.

The Frenchman told ESPN: "Liverpool will find it tougher because they have lost Luis Suarez and they will be playing Champions League football so it will be different for them.

"Last season they only had the Premier League to go for in the final months and it gave them a real advantage because their players were going into games fresher at a vital stage of the campaign."

Chelsea lead the way in the table, collecting maximum points from their opening three fixtures as Jose Mourinho's side sit ahead of Swansea City on goal difference.

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Liverpool's Italian striker Mario Balotelli plays during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane in London on August 31, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
3Liverpool27159361313054
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley279992124-336
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
9Everton2797113246-1434
10Bournemouth2787123141-1031
11Watford2786133747-1030
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
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