Premier League title race: Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher deliver 2020/21 verdict | Football News

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Will Liverpool keep the Premier League trophy or can Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea or some other team knock them off their perch?

With the curtain on the Premier League rising this weekend, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher are delivering their verdict on whether Liverpool will retain their crown in 2020/21.

The Reds ended a unique 2019/20 year by finally winning their first league title in 30 years amid an empty Anfield, with previous back-to-back champions Manchester City finishing 17 points off the beat – and Pep Guardiola presiding over the biggest number of league losses (nine) in any season in his managerial career.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have made just one addition to their ranks this summer, with Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas arriving to replace Andrew Robertson, and although they have been heavily linked with a move from the Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, the Merseyside club have seen all four of their best rivals added to their squad since the end of the season on July 26.

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Liverpool could approach Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara in January to avoid paying transfer fees, Kaveh Solhekol told the Transfer Show

Liverpool could approach Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara in January to avoid paying transfer fees, Kaveh Solhekol told the Transfer Show

Liverpool’s opener with Leeds is live Sky Sports Premier League from 5 p.m. Saturday as one of Sky Sports’ six matches in the first round of matches.

So how do Carra and Neville see the Premier League title race, as we wait for the top flight to return this weekend?

Liverpool vs Leeds

September 12, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

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Can Liverpool keep their crown?

Liverpool enter the new season in a position they haven’t been since 1990, as a team to shed their perch as league champions something Neville said would become a ‘stress’ for the men de Klopp – especially with no major earnings at Anfield to date. .

However, the eighth Premier League winner believes Klopp can build on his team’s past resilience under his leadership as a positive sign ahead of the next campaign.

“Liverpool are the team to catch up,” he said. “There is no doubt that it will become a stress for them. They’ve had the same players for almost three seasons now, Champions League final, Champions League win, going so close in the Premier League but winning the league. It is a huge demand. psychologically, mentally and physically to place on the players without stimulating them again.

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Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville and Micah Richards agree Liverpool must add new faces to the squad before transfer window closes

Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville and Micah Richards agree Liverpool must add new faces to the squad before transfer window closes

“Now Jurgen Klopp has been absolutely amazing and he can certainly handle them and make the most of them, but I think if they were to get Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich that’s the only area of ​​the squad where I would say that they weren’t world class, and they’re very good at it because the players are fantastic. They have a great work ethic and attitude, they brilliantly complement and compliment defense, goalkeeper and offense, but you put it in there and you already have a real world class presence in the middle. of a brilliant team and that would do a number of things as well.

“Jurgen Klopp has proven that Liverpool can continue. You win the Champions League and then you win the league the next year, you’ve proven that you can keep going. Even to get the Champions League final and come back. and win it and then come back to win the league, he proved he can get a performance from them and he can make them forget what had happened the previous season.

“My only thing this season would be this request for the same team, same players, same message, same relationships and same jokes for two or three years without something slightly different in the locker room and that addition, just sometimes It can get a little exhausting and the idea of ​​Thiago coming to Liverpool is a big moment because he deals with all these issues that can arise after two or three seasons. ”

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Will the title head to Manchester?

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Micah Richards and Gary Neville have their say in Manchester United’s transfer activities so far

Micah Richards and Gary Neville have their say in Manchester United’s transfer activities so far

Having racked up 198 points in two seasons as they won the Premier League trophy in 2017/18 and 2018/19, finishing nearly 20 points behind last season was somewhat of a drop from grace for Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, who ended the season with a single trophy on the back of two national trebles.

Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake have already been added to Guardiola’s squad since the end of the season, with the club also hoping to bring in defender Kalidou Koulibaly as they look to win the title they gave up in July.

Manchester United’s form in the second half of the campaign, which ultimately propelled them to third in the league after a seventh place in February, has also raised questions whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can finally get the club back into the race. in the title, seven years since they last won a Premier League trophy in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season. But who has the best chance of coming next May?

“I still think Manchester City, rather than Manchester United, will be the biggest obstacle for Liverpool to retain the title, but I see United getting a lot closer,” Carragher said. “The signing of Bruno Fernandes was fantastic – he was exceptional in the second half of last season and I’m really excited to see him for a full season.

“If Liverpool don’t win the league this season, I don’t think it will be because they lacked motivation. This Liverpool side went to the Champions League final, came back the following year and won, then went on to win the Premier League. The only worry for Liverpool is that the squad hasn’t changed too much. Sometimes you just need a little freshness to add it, mentally as much as anything. It will be interesting to see if they get a signature or two across the line.

“I don’t see Chelsea or Manchester United going over 90 points to win a title. Hope they can close the gap to make it more exciting, but I still see Liverpool or City for the league. “

Is it time for Chelsea to shine?

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Micah Richards, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have their say in Chelsea’s transfer activities so far in the transfer window

Micah Richards, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have their say in Chelsea’s transfer activities so far in the transfer window

Despite the transfer ban last season and the blood of a number of young players without any Premier League experience, Frank Lampard, himself a relatively rookie boss, led Chelsea to the FA Cup final and to another season in the Champions League.

But now, with nearly £ 150million already spent on some of Europe’s top talent, including Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, the pressure has intensified around Stamford Bridge – so can the Blues legend keep his promises?

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“Chelsea are interesting because Roman Abramovich has wanted a flamboyant team for 15 years, and every time he went looking for the flamboyant managers to try and get the flamboyant team back, he was brought back to that kind of more methodical approach. who succeeded for the club, “says Neville.

“I think this year he’s probably investing, in part because of Covid and he sees an opportunity to tap the market, but I think what Frank Lampard has done has reinvigorated him. The academy players are finally coming, the emergence of Christian Pulisic and other young players, a team that plays differently, it’s more energetic and really fun to watch.

“More inconsistent, less reliable, you always understand that when you try to go with younger players and a different style, but I think that’s what he wants. He wants excitement, he wants the thrill around Chelsea and that’s why he invested this summer, to come away right now because he sees a team that has something that he’s always dreamed of. ”

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