Who can challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title this coming season? Will it be Liverpool again? Can Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United give Pep Guardiola’s men a run for their money? Few would think they can. Many football supporters already think that only Liverpool are capable of challenging City again with City tipped to be crowned Premier League champions once more.
Manchester City only just pipped European Champions Liverpool to the title. Just the one point separated the two sides last term and it’s likely to go close again but can Liverpool leapfrog them and claim that elusive Premier League title once and for all?
Yet Jürgen Klopp’s outfit are yet to spend a single penny during the summer transfer window, albeit let’s not forget it’s only mid-June. There have been departures in the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno, so some fresh blood is certainly needed. A new left back is needed to provide cover for the outstanding Andy Robertson and possibly a centre-back should Dejan Lovren leave Anfield over the coming weeks. However, talk of a possible move to AC Milan appears to be cooling. A striker is needed and so too is a creative midfielder with Nabil Fekir continuing to be linked with a possible move to Liverpool despite a proposed transfer having collapsed at the 11th hour last summer.
The ‘rumour mill’ suggests Liverpool won’t spend big this summer but we’re never convinced by such statements. If the manager identifies a player that he wants, the board will do everything it can to deliver. There’s plenty of cash to play with and there’s bound to be some revenue generated from sales too. It would be foolish for the club to think it can just sit still because we won the Champions League. Manchester City won the Premier League and they are already close to signing Spanish midfielder Rodri, an outstanding player that will make Pep’s midfield even more secure. He’s not resting on his laurels. Liverpool mustn’t either.
Arsenal don’t strike fear into anyone now, so they need to add some quality if they are to mount a realistic challenge. Chelsea’s two-winder transfer ban was rejected by FIFA, so they are now taking their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The ban could be suspended while they consider their verdict. Even so, Chelsea have lost arguably one of the Premier League’s best players in Eden Hazard to Real Madrid and if that ban remains in place, they won’t be looking better any time soon. Manchester United have a rebuilding project ahead of them and few would expect the fallen giants to be in the mix next season.
Next season’s race for Premier League silverware will again be between Manchester City and Liverpool. The odds via AmazingBet seem to back up my thoughts, City are favourites to lift the Premier League crown, Liverpool are 2nd favourites again with Tottenham 3rd favourites. Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal then follow.
Whoever succeeds, it looks like it will another interesting contest, especially for the neutral fan who doesn’t want to witness a one-team affair. City will no doubt lead the pack but Liverpool, with some fine tinkering, will almost certainly be neck and neck with them. Could it be Liverpool’s season? Yes, it can, but like Pep is doing, Jürgen must make improvements to his squad. Liverpool may be the 6 times European Champions, but that achievement is history now.
I have every faith that Liverpool will strengthen and that supporters will be happy with the acquisitions.