Following a remarkable Premier League campaign last season in which they ended their 30-year wait for glory, Liverpool will look to continue from where they left off and make another terrific march towards a second consecutive Premier League title.
Jürgen Klopp and his men were virtually unplayable in the league last term, finishing with a staggering 99 points and losing only 3 games the entire campaign. Certainly, they have their sights set on producing another stunning run when the season begins. But they will receive stiff competition from other big guns- who themselves have been Premier League winners and are hoping to reclaim the title.
We take a look at the clubs looking to unseat Liverpool as Premier League champions this season.
City were runners-up last season. They had already claimed back-to-back titles prior to last season, including a record 100-point winning 2017/2018 season. So, they’ve got exactly what it takes to successfully challenge for the title.
A wide array of talents and an intelligent manager in Pep Guardiola. Also, they’ve made two signings so far this summer, with Ferran Torres and Nathan Ake coming in to strengthen the squad. And they are heavily linked with a move for Napoli center back, Kalidou Koulibaly.
Having finished second – 18 points behind Liverpool – last season, Guardiola will be eager to wrestle the crown away from Liverpool. He’s got the players and style to do just that.
Chelsea have owned this summer transfer window so far. The club has now spent about £200m on six major signings, bringing in the likes of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, and Thiago Silva. Former Ajax player, Hakim Ziyech is also a part of the squad, having agreed a deal since February.
Lampard’s men will now be aiming to improve on their fourth-place finish last season. With some of Europe’s brightest youngsters now at the club, it isn’t difficult seeing them hotly challenge for the title, as they seek to reclaim the title they last won in the 2016/2017 season.
Man United are the Premier League’s most successful team, with 20 titles, and they will work to extend that record when the new season begins. The Red Devils have endured a 7-year Premier League title drought, and have played quite poorly in recent years. However, in the second half of last season, they showed signs of purpose, as they embarked on a 14-match unbeaten run to end the campaign in third place, with star players, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba forming an electric partnership in the middle.
Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also begun to gain the trust of the club’s faithful and will look to maintain it. Additionally, Solskjaer’s side has now been buoyed with the presence of the supremely talented youngster, Van de Beek, who joined from Ajax this summer. They are also looking to seal a deal for Jadon Sancho from Dortmund. That will further strengthen the squad and provide more depth. For the first time since the 2012/2013 season, there’s a strong air of belief that United can go all the way. They only just need to build on their momentum from last season.
Jose Mourinho guided Tottenham to a 6th-place finish last season after taking over as manager in November last year. However, this will be his first full season in charge and he will be seeking to lead Spurs to their first-ever English Premier League title.
Mourinho has achieved success in the Premier League with Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles in two separate stints at the club. So, he’s got the wealth of experience and a good squad, to boot. If talisman, Harry Kane stays fit all season, then they might very well stay in the race.
After winning the FA Cup last season, Mikel Arterta’s Arsenal will seek to go one better and clinch the Premier League title next season – their first since the 2003/2004 season.
Arsenal finished 8th last season, failing to qualify for European football. But there’s a silver lining there, as they will be able to focus strongly on Premier League success. They’ve got their main attacker, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang to stay. If he continues to fire and the team stays solid, the fans will definitely have plenty to cheer for.
The new season begins on Saturday, 12 September, with a host of teams hoping to get off to a flying start. Can champions, Liverpool lay down an early marker and maintain their standard all through the season?