Liverpool faces an early test of their Premier League title defence against Chelsea on Sunday as Manchester City and Manchester United launch their quest to be champions.

Arsenal, Everton and Leicester City also hope to build on encouraging opening wins while Jose Mourinho needs a morale-boosting victory for Tottenham.

Sunday’s meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge will add another edge after a feisty exchange between the managers over transfer spending.

Chelsea finished 33 points behind the champions Liverpool last season, but have splashed out around £200 million ($259 million) on new players.

By contrast, Liverpool has been relatively quiet, adding just Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas so far, with Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara likely to follow.

Liverpool will be keen to cut out the defensive errors they committed in a 4-3 win against newly promoted Leeds, but Mohamed Salah looked in fine early season form as he scored a hat-trick last weekend.

Chelsea were also unconvincing winners against Brighton in their opening match, but Timo Werner, who chose to join the Blues despite interest from Liverpool, did impress in winning a penalty against the Seagulls.

However, Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has said they are capable of beating defending Premier League champions, Liverpool come on Sunday. Lampard is relishing the prospect of playing Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, despite losing both encounters in 2019-20.

The Blues did, however, win their FA Cup showdown and wants to show no fear hosting the champions on Sunday.

Lampard claimed: “I am very excited. Liverpool were clearly the best team in the league last year, they won it by a long way. But every game we played against them we really competed well.

“We beat them in the FA Cup and lost pretty narrowly in both league games where we made a really good account of ourselves.

“I’m excited for us to see how the players match up against them and see where we are at.

“We have some new players now, we are slightly short on fitness. I think our pre-season has been one of the hardest in the league.

“Liverpool have been training a couple of weeks more than us, but what a great early opportunity to match up against them and see what we can do.

“We have to be confident, we can’t fear Liverpool, we respect them, but we will believe in ourselves.”