Liverpool may have finished second in the Premier League last season, but this term they are going to struggle.
That’s the opinion of Arsenal legend Martin Keown, who has also backed Manchester City to retain their league title.
‘I think it's very difficult to look beyond Manchester City’, the 48-year-old told Sports Mole. ‘They've got a group there that knows each other well. Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal for me are the three that could make things happen. I think it's going to be a tough season for Liverpool’.
Last season City started as the favourites to win the Premier League and eventually they did so, finishing two points clear of second-placed Liverpool.
The Citizens have retained the same group of players (more or less) who helped them clinch their second league title in three years, while adding Bacary Sagna, Fernando, Willy Caballero and Frank Lampard to the squad.
Like Keown, many football followers believe that Liverpool would struggle to match their success of last season.
There are suggestions that Brendan Rodgers’s side ‘overachieved’ in the 2013-14 campaign, but the main reason why they are not being considered as one of the top favourites is the departure of star striker and their best player Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona earlier this summer.
Of City’s main challengers, Chelsea have closed the gap the most, thanks to their recruitment of Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Didier Drogba, while the arrival of Alexis Sanchez combined with their FA Cup triumph last season has given Arsenal renewed optimism that finally they can reclaim the Premier League title.