Manchester City – Favorites again
Four Premier League titles in five seasons do not come on one plate. This is also in a competitive league like the English Premier League. City is experiencing one of the most dominant periods of success in English football history.
As the new season kicks off on Friday, in keeping with the early start, with a six-week break from November 14 to December 25 in mind, Man City will once again go into the World Cup in Qatar as favourites.
Despite the deep pockets of Abu Dhabi-based City Football Group, City have spent an estimated $1.2 billion in the transfer market and are yet to win the Champions League with the club.
This season, the robot Erling Haaland, Argentinian striker Julian Alvarez and Kalvin Phillips look even scarier in the midfield. On 30 July they lost the Community Shield to Liverpool 3–1.
Liverpool – the first place in Klopp’s eyes
If any team has come close to Pep and Man City, it’s Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Last season, the championship chase came down to the last day of the season. The duopoly will continue in 2022-23.
Two of the Premier League’s most exciting teams are neck and neck ahead of their rivals, who have a lot of catching up to do. Liverpool were chasing a quadruple but had to contend with the poor man’s double of the League Cup and FA Cup.
Klopp released Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich. And he brought in 23-year-old Darwin Nunez from Benfica for an initial fee of €75m. Nunez takes his place in an attack that already has Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz as attacking options.
Nunez scored a goal against City the other day and everything seems set for a memorable stay at Anfield. With Thiago Alcantara starting in midfield and Virgil van Dijk dominating in defence, the backbone of the Liverpool team remains solid.
However, the style of play is likely to remain the same, with full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson consistently leading the list of assists for wide players.