Gary Neville has tipped Manchester United to finish above Liverpool in the Premier League this season.
The Merseyside club are gearing up for their first title defence in 30 years, having finally ended their lengthy wait to become champions again last term.
After wrapping up the title with a record seven games still to play, Jurgen Klopp’s side eventually finished 18 points clear of second-place Manchester City – and a whopping 33 points ahead of third and fourth place sides United and Chelsea.
Many feel the latter pair could end Liverpool and City’s recent dominance this season after making some impressive additions to their squads over the summer.
And Neville believes United could pip the Reds to a third-place finish, although he was quick to admit that prediction comes mostly through hope.
“I can never predict Liverpool – I mean it may happen – but I can’t predict it,” said the Old Trafford legend.
“I’ll go City [to win it], I think Pep [Guardiola] will want to bounce back.
“Can it go next to this that I don’t actually believe this but this is what I want? I’ll go City, United, Liverpool, Chelsea.”
Liverpool dropped a mere seven points before becoming champions at the start of July, meaning they cruised to the title in record fashion.
However, Reds great Jamie Carragher hopes his former side are involved in a closer-run title race this season.
“I’m a Liverpool man and I want to see them win the league again, but maybe not in the manner they did it last season,” he told TEAMtalk.
“We want and we need to see a competitive title race. I want to see the other teams get closer to Liverpool because we need it to be more competitive.
“We don’t want any team to be 20 or 30 points ahead and while I want Liverpool to win the league, I’d like to see them in the tight title race and winning it on the last day of the season in exciting fashion, going down to the wire and with less points than they got last season.
“If the top one or two teams are getting 99 and 100 points every season, it means there are fewer points to go around, so I would like to see the total points needed to win the Premier League go down to 90 points this season as that would mean we will have a more interesting title race.
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“That could happen as I expect all the teams trying to chase Liverpool to do better than they did last season, but I only see two teams in contention for the title and that will be the top two for the last couple of years.
“The chasing pack have to bridge the gap on Liverpool and that’s why teams like Chelsea have been spending money in the transfer market to try and make that happen, but Liverpool and City are a long way ahead of the rest and I don’t see that changing.”
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