Christian Pulisic says Chelsea can get close to Liverpool and Manchester City next season, after he helped hand the title to his former manager, Jurgen Klopp, on Thursday night.

Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to ensure Liverpool were crowned champions on a night when the Blues tightened their grip on a top-four finish.

Goals from Pulisic and Willian gave Chelsea arguably their most impressive victory of the season to keep them on course to secure Champions League qualification.

Manager Frank Lampard has a three-year plan to bridge the gap to Liverpool and City and restore Chelsea to a position from which they can regularly challenge for the title again.

Lampard has warned there is a still a gap to bridge between Chelsea and the top two but, with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and more new signings on the way, the future looks bright.

And Pulisic insists Chelsea want to reach the level set by Liverpool this season.

“That is our goal,” said the American midfielder, who joined Chelsea for £58million from Borussia Dortmund last year and starred against City.

“Liverpool have had a great season. It is incredible how they have sustained their performances throughout the season and what they have done. That is credit to them, they have done an incredible job.

“That is where we want to be. So, let’s finish up the season strongly and that is what we want to do next year. We went into the game with a really confident mindset to get all three points and finish the season strongly. But, yeah, we feel we are capable of a lot more.”

Chelsea have restored their five-point cushion to Manchester United and Wolves in fifth and sixth place and are now nine points ahead of Tottenham in

the race for the Champions League. The Blues are now just one point behind Leicester in third. They travel to the East Midlands in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

Lampard said: “There is still a long way to go in terms of the Champions League, but it was a good night. We are in a fight with big teams around us. There would be no point in us performing like that if we cannot sustain it, and that only comes with focus and hard work.”