Former Wales international Robbie Savage has backed Arsenal to finish above Liverpool (Arsenal 3rd, Liverpool 4th) in the Premier League by the end of the season in his predictions for the Daily Mirror.
Savage suggests in his Premier League predictions for the campaign that Liverpool will fall off the pace while Arsenal will improve slightly from their fourth place finish last season.
The potential reason for Savage’s prediction Liverpool will slide off the pace domestically could be the fact Brendan Rodgers’ side play more games, with less recovery time in between their league matches.
It’s a step in the right direction that the Anfield team are back in Europe’s biggest club cup competition but whether they can maintain the standards they set for themselves in the Premier League remains to be seen.
The trick for Liverpool is going to be consistency and if they can nail that, they can make Savage’s prediction look silly.
They looked off the pace against Manchester City but then looked far superior to Tottenham Hotspur, who are also going to be in and around the fight for a top four spot.
Arsenal are arguably more used to having a hectic schedule on a consistent basis and they have improved their squad from last season.
The only two positions which weren’t improved from last season are the centre of defence following Thomas Vermaelen’s exit and holding midfielder, with no deal possible for Sami Khedira or William Carvalho over the summer.
Calum Chambers has been brought in and he’s already played a variety of different positions in the Arsenal team, which is a risk because he’s still a very young and developing player.
Arsenal’s strength if the creativity they have in their attack and it’s important to remember that they were top of the league for longer than any other team last season.
If Danny Welbeck fires in the Gunners’ attack then Arsenal have the ability to outscore any side and if they do that to their rivals for the title, they could easily finish above third place.
It will be fascinating to see how they do over the course of the season.