Manchester City won the 2018/19 English Premier League with an incredible 98 points. What was even more remarkable was that Liverpool in second place collected 97 points and only lost one, compared to the winners’ 4.
Chelsea were down in third place, some 25 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side. With the summer transfer window about to close in the coming days for English sides in the top two divisions, it’s fair to say that it is going to be a two horse race once again this season.
Manchester City have been made the pre-season title favourites with odds around 1/2. It’s a very short price considering they only won the league by one point last campaign and that Liverpool were good enough to win the Champions League.
The defending champions are looking to become only the fifth team in English top flight history to win the title in three consecutive seasons, after Huddersfield Town, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United (twice). However, it’s not going to be as plain sailing as the odds and many fans seem to believe.
Pep Guardiola has lost Vincent Kompany over the summer and is still yet to bring a replacement in. I find it hard to believe that Manchester City won’t land a centre-back before the start of the new season but time is running out. Otherwise, Nicolas Otamendi or John Stones will be partnering Aymeric Laporte and fans cannot sit comfortably knowing that.
They have brought in Angelino at left-back to compete with Oleksandr Zinchenko whilst Benjamin Mendy continually struggles with his fitness. Fabian Delph has left for Everton. It’s a defence that I cannot see keeping a clean sheet in either game versus Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur right now.
Rodri should be a good signing as Fernandinho’s long-term replacement in holding midfield. The Spaniard may start the season opener against West Ham United as the Brazilian has been on international duty in winning the Copa America over the summer.
With Kevin De Bruyne back to full fitness this side that scored 95 goals last season are even better in attack, though Leroy Sane is going to be out for several months. Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and David Silva alongside the Belgian superstar makes for a mouth-watering attack.
Don’t be surprised if Liverpool win the 2019/20 Premier League title. They are certainly finishing in the top two and are going to push Manchester City all the way.
Provided Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane stay healthy they have the best attacking trio in the world, particularly whilst Philippe Coutinho or Ousmane Dembele are Barcelona’s third forward.
Klopp has also put together a good defence. Trent Alexander-Arnold can both defend and attack, whilst Andy Roberton on the left is one of the best attacking full-backs in the world. Virgil van Dijk is an excellent organiser in the middle of that back four, whilst Joel Matip has improved under the German manager. I wouldn’t be surprised if Joe Gomez starts more games though.
Liverpool’s midfield doesn’t look spectacular on paper but they are very efficient, hence why they won the Champions League. They have lots of options here to rotate, including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after a long injury lay-off.