The bar has been raised by Manchester City and the Premier League title hopefuls know they will have little room for error if they are to challenge Pep Guardiola’s side this season.
But while City begin the campaign as firm favorites after their record-breaking title campaign last season, they will be well aware of the threat posed by Juergen Klopp’s improving Liverpool and the rest of the big six.
City have been quiet in the transfer market, adding just Riyad Mahrez from Leicester, but their attacking potency and ability to dominate possession should be even stronger with the addition of the talented Algerian.
Liverpool, however, beat Caity three times last season twice in the two-legged Champions League Quarterfinal, and their moves in the transfer market should make them serious contenders.
Like City, Liverpool’s strength is in the final third and the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane will strike fear into Premier League defines again.
The difference this season is that the Merseysiders have greater strength in depth with Fabinho and Naby Keita added increased options in midfield.
Liverpool’s weakness in the goalkeeper with the purchase of Brazilian Alisson from AS Roma and with Virgil van Dijk having settled in following his move in January, Klopp’s side look a much more complete package.
Jose Mourinho has spent much of the off-season moaning about Manchester United’s squad and the lack of new faces but there is still plenty of taces but there is still plenty of talent available to the former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss.
The key question for Mourinho is whether he can finally get the best out of the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba, and Romelu Lukaku and find a positive style of play that the Old Trafford faithful demand.
The pressure will be on Mourinho in his third season at the club it pains trailing City and the prospect of being overtaken by Liverpool would be arguably even more painful.
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